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  Monday, May 2, 2005

Thoughts on Unicaja Málaga vs. Estudiantes
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> featured href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes, href=/profile//> or, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> prefer, href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> plenty href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> (everybody href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> days) href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> share href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> luck. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> Sergio's href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> belt, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> flashy href=/profile//> playmaker href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> numerous href=/profile//> glimpses href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> talent, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> hadn't href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> performance. href=/profile//>

Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> suffering href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> Jorge href=/profile//> Garbajosa's href=/profile//> injury. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> franchise href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> doubt href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> Zan href=/profile//> Tabak href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> too, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> Unicaja's href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> seriously href=/profile//> depleted href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> (they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sign href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> Tar href=/profile//> Heel href=/profile//> Kris href=/profile//> Lang). href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Garbajosa href=/profile//> missed, href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> certain href=/profile//> degree href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> absence, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fill href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shoes href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> two, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> momentum href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> King's href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//>

Under href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> circumstances, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> paid href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> visit href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Estudiantes, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> search href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> momentum href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> what's href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> norm href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Estudiantes. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> soon href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pace href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> up-tempo href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> successfully href=/profile//> directing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> penetrations href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> traffic. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> nailed href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> spot-up href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> pointer, href=/profile//> proving href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> necessarily href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> dribble href=/profile//> before. href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> Pepu href=/profile//> Hernández href=/profile//> brought href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> finished, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> wild href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> became href=/profile//> wilder href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> committed href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> would've href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> desired, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> quarter. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> producing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performance, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> (15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> turnovers) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Sergio href=/profile//> shared href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> lineup href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Carlos href=/profile//> Suárez, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> J.R.Bremer href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dribble href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> eventually href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> quickness. href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> Suárez href=/profile//> enjoys href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> stroke, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> clear href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> magnificent href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> instincts href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> we'll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pay href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> improvements, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> prospect. href=/profile//>

Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> unnoticed href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Unicaja. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> doubts href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> draws href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he'll href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> manage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> go-to href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> guy, href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> we're href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> valuable href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//> Besides href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shoulders href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> stretches href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> responsibilities. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> one-on-one href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> yesterday href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> better, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> goal. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> poorly, href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> Garbajosa href=/profile//> terribly, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> created href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> unable href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> himself. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> stand href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> either, href=/profile//> committing href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> cost href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> grab href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> offensive, href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> gifts, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> overall href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> par href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> moment, href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> He'll href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> sure.

 
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