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  Monday, May 29, 2006

Euro Roundup: Bargnani Advancing in Playoffs
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> alive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> Some href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> packed href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> bags href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> moved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> chase href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> dream. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> others href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> plenty href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> worry href=/profile//> about.

Not href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> suffering, href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Armani href=/profile//> Jeans href=/profile//> Milano href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> series, href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home. href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> established href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Matteo href=/profile//> Soragna’s href=/profile//> injury. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Bargnani. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> fouling href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> spending href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> didn’t href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Foul href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Andrea’s href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> problems, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> (in href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> allowed) href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> series. href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> clear href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> fifth href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks.

The href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha. href=/profile//> Top-seeded href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> humble href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> painful href=/profile//> 50-point href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Bologna, href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> bounced href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fight href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth. href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> elimination. href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> advances href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinal href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> digits href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> series, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> five, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> back-to-back href=/profile//> 11-point href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth.

While href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> SuperLeague href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> champion href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> played. href=/profile//> Some href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> leagues href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> position; href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Petersburg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Unics href=/profile//> Kazan href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> 2-2 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fight href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season). href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> circumstances href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Veremeenko href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> clear href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 17.5 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6.7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2.2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Perhaps href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> turn href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> heads href=/profile//> draft-wise href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> season.

In href=/profile//> Spain, href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Akasvayu href=/profile//> Girona href=/profile//> 3-1. href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> unspectacular href=/profile//> showings href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth. href=/profile//> Foul href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> bothering href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> fouled href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> managing href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> average.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> undefeated href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Zagreb. href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Markota href=/profile//> emerged href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> threats href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> captures href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> local href=/profile//> rival. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> defeating href=/profile//> Borac. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> “Big href=/profile//> Three” href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> shined: href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals; href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds; href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> double-double href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds.

 
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