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  Friday, May 27, 2005

Splitter Continues to Impress in ACB Playoffs
By Jonathan Givony

Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter's href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria, href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> commanding href=/profile//> 2-1 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> yesterday href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 75-64 href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> broadcasted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> internet.

Splitter href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> form href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> quarters href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lasting href=/profile//> impression href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> footer href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> begining href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mature. href=/profile//>

First href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> foremost href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> rotations href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> roll href=/profile//> situations href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> talent. href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rare href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> footer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> match href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> lateral href=/profile//> movement, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> staying href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> hands href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> air href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> leaving href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> man. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> strictly href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> fundamentally href=/profile//> sound href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria's href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> men href=/profile//> tried href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> towards href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> none href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> lower href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> wingspan href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> frustrate href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> option. href=/profile//>

Offensively, href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> transition, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> quickness href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> rarely href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> rewarded href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> efforts href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> receiving href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> gorgeous href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> feet href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> footwork href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> ball-handling href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> balance href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> elegently href=/profile//> lay href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 4th href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> baskets href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> simply href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> putting href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> catch href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> broke href=/profile//> down. href=/profile//>

What href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> impressed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> calmness href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> composure href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> issue, href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> within href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> context href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> 5th href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> obvious href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> more. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> incredibly href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> competing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> we've href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> hold href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> defensively href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> offensively href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> leagues href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> adds href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> frame href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> starts href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> willing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> utilize href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> offensively. href=/profile//>

Playing href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> surprise href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> here, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> shares href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> caliber href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Arvydas href=/profile//> Macijuaskas, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Scola href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (76% href=/profile//> FG, href=/profile//> 100% href=/profile//> FT), href=/profile//> 9.3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2.7 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game.

His href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> (or href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> thereof) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> holding href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> surefire href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> issue href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> worked href=/profile//> on.

 
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