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  Monday, May 8, 2006

EuroRoundup: Sergio Rodríguez, the Show Must Go On
By Luis Fernández

This href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> start, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> steadily href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> months, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> awesome href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> resulting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> that’s href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> want, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> postseason. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> on.

The href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> task: href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> showdown href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> leaders, href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga. href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> stayed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> 40 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> focused href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> ugly, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> Anyway, href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> credit. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> strides href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playmaker, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> proper href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> rhythm href=/profile//> (although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> likes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> fast) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> decisions. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> mightily href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> creative href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> breaking href=/profile//> defenses href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> effectively href=/profile//> distributing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 8.3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> incredible href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Unicaja, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 7, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

Sergio href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> starter href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> splitting href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Nacho href=/profile//> Azofra. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bigger href=/profile//> share href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> virtually href=/profile//> monopolized href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> 38 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> overtime href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Forum, href=/profile//> blossoming href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals.

Ante href=/profile//> Tomic href=/profile//> isn’t href=/profile//> slowing href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> bit, href=/profile//> establishing href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Svjetlost, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> powerhouse href=/profile//> Cibona, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> proved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> Our href=/profile//> Balkan href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Kristian href=/profile//> Hohnjiec href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> disrupted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> foul-trouble href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> on, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> variety href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> ways href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post. href=/profile//> Defensively href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> Mate href=/profile//> Skelin, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> offensively. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> minutes.

Zoran href=/profile//> Erceg href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> shining href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> Superleague href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> benefit href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Vojvodina, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Milenko href=/profile//> Tepic href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Novi href=/profile//> Sad href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Erceg, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stat-line href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Partizan. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> leaders, href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> FMP, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stole href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> spotlight href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> Atlas href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> verge href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> upsetting href=/profile//> Hemofarm, href=/profile//> falling href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Lekic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds.

In href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> Oleksiy href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Paris href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Bourg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> suffering href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> inconsistency, href=/profile//> combining href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> efforts href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> performances.

Moving href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> noise, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> risk href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> (Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Climamio, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points). href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Air href=/profile//> Avelino. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Vertical href=/profile//> Vision href=/profile//> Cantu.

In href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> Loukas href=/profile//> Mavrokefalidis href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> PAOK href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Larisas href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 36-point href=/profile//> 12-rebound href=/profile//> effort. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 16.5 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8.2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season.

Israeli href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Lior href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> track href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> midseason href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> slowed href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> breakout href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> division. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> Thursday href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Ramat href=/profile//> Ha href=/profile//> Sharon href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> thick href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> standings. href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (8-14 href=/profile//> FG, href=/profile//> 2/2 href=/profile//> 3P, href=/profile//> 13-14 href=/profile//> FT) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 0 href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> action. href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> drew href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> fouls href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Givat href=/profile//> Shmuel, href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> efficient href=/profile//> 10/12 href=/profile//> (1-1 href=/profile//> 3P) href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> fouling href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> action. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> plenty href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> ground href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> reach href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four href=/profile//> (the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> league), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> participation href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> private href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> workouts href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> air href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> soldier href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> army.

In href=/profile//> Belgium, href=/profile//> Saer href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> rebounded href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> figures href=/profile//> twice href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Verviers href=/profile//> Pepinster. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dexia, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Euphony href=/profile//> Bree. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> games.

Dynamo href=/profile//> St.Petersburg href=/profile//> leads href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> quarterfinals href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> 2-1 href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Ural-Great href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Dynamo, href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Veremeenko href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals.

 
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