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  Monday, April 25, 2005

Thoughts on Split vs. Cibona
By Luis Fernández

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Kristian href=/profile//> Hohnjec

Split href=/profile//> grabed href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> agaisnt href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> Championship. href=/profile//> Before href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> qualifying href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season's href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//>

Roko href=/profile//> Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> naturally href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Popovic href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> stats. href=/profile//> Roko href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (7-13FG, href=/profile//> 4-7 href=/profile//> 3FG href=/profile//> 8-10FT) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> (actually href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> dished href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> atleast href=/profile//> 8-9, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> official href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> 5) href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> block. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> SG href=/profile//> positon href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> (after href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> suspended href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Rancic) href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> pure href=/profile//> SG href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Roko href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> closest href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> roster. href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> passive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game; href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> shots. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> natural href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> postion, href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> deficit href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> halftime. href=/profile//>

Ukic href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pleasure href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> always. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> beautiful href=/profile//> penetration href=/profile//> move, href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> pointer href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> corner, href=/profile//> plus href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> foul. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> converted href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> FTs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> pointer href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> half. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> run. href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Orsulic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> amazing href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> wasn`t href=/profile//> abusing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> much, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> does. href=/profile//> Plus href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> movement href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> thier href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> vicory href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> clutch href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> pointer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 84-76 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 1:30 href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go. href=/profile//>

He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> game: href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dribble href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> basis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> unstoppable href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arc href=/profile//> (as href=/profile//> usual), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> except href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> maybe href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> attempts href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> controlled href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> limiting href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> decisions href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> 7-0 href=/profile//> C href=/profile//> Marton href=/profile//> Bader href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> vertical href=/profile//> leap. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> guarding href=/profile//> 6-6 href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> Josip href=/profile//> Vrankovic href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> performed href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> regard, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Vrankovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> threat. href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> fighting href=/profile//> trough href=/profile//> screens, href=/profile//> largely href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> thin href=/profile//> body. href=/profile//>

Overall, href=/profile//> Ukic's href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> reached href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> months. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

Hrvoje href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> suprised href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> (8pts href=/profile//> 5rebs href=/profile//> 3ast href=/profile//> 1blk). href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> "small" href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Marion href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Suns href=/profile//> does. href=/profile//> Later href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> switched href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> natural href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> Until href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> C, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> case's. href=/profile//> Offensively, href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> foolish href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> cost href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> sometimes. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> vison href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> gifted href=/profile//> passer, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> risks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> attempting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> useful href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> results href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> turnovers. href=/profile//>

Peric href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> agressive href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> is. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> (he href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> doesn't) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> shot. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> three-pointers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> department href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dribble, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> defended href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 6-4 href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Jason href=/profile//> Smith. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> times, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> guarded href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 6-10 href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Markota, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dribble. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> highlights href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Markota. href=/profile//>

Franko href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> overall. href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> fits href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Danijel href=/profile//> Jusup's href=/profile//> system, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> Thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Roko href=/profile//> Leni, href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Split's href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> situations href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> reacting href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Cibona's href=/profile//> defenders href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> awful href=/profile//> shooter href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> charity href=/profile//> stripe. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> grabed href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> dominating href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> glass href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> size, href=/profile//> strength, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athleticism. href=/profile//>

Franko href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> blocked href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> autorithy. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> suprised href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> move, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> Josko href=/profile//> Poljak href=/profile//> (a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> actually) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spin href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> dunked href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> suprised href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> footspeed. href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> minutes. href=/profile//>

Damir href=/profile//> Markota href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> lineup href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> does, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> stays href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> today. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> scoreless, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> suprise href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> status href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> adequate href=/profile//> (which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> weird href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> player). href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> attempted href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> missed. href=/profile//> Defensively, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> grabbing href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> blocking href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> unable href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rounds href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> Markota href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> points

 
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