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Valanciunas Plays Just Four Minutes In Lithuania's 80-69 Win Over Great Britain

Lithuania defeated Great Britain by a final score of 80-69 to open the 2011 EuroBasket.

Rimantas Kaukenas had 16 points on eight shots to lead Lithuania.

Jonas Valanciunas played in just four minutes while collecting two rebounds and failing to attempt a shot.

Luol Deng had 25 points and 10 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes for Great Britain. Joel Freeland had 14 points.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kanter Goes For 14 And 7 In Turkey's 79-56 Win Over Portugal

Enes Kanter had 14 points on nine shots and seven rebounds in Turkey's 79-56 win over Portugal in their first game of 2011 EuroBasket.

Hedo Turkoglu had 14 points.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bargnani Scores 22 Points In Italy's Loss To Serbia

Despite 22 points and nine rebounds from Andrea Bargnani, Serbia defeated Italy by a final score of 80-68 in their first game of the 2011 EuroBasket.

Milos Tedosic and Milenko Tepic each scored 15 points for Serbia, who had a +14 assist margin.

Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points on nine shots.

Via RealGM Staff Report

France Withstands 32 Points From Blums To Defeat Latvia

Tony Parker scored 31 points and logged seven assists in France's 89-78 win over Latvia in their first game of the 2011 EuroBasket.

Boris Diaw, Mickael Gelable, Nicolas Batum and Joakim Noah each finished in double-figures.

Janis Blums had 32 points and six assists for Latvia.

Calathes, Koufos Pace Greece To 76-67 Win Over Bosnia

Nick Calathes had 13 points and seven rebounds to help lead Greece to a 76-67 win over Bosnia in their first game of 2011 EuroBasket.

Kosta Koufos had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Georgia Defeats Belgium By 81-59 Final In First Game Of Pool Play

Zaza Pachulia led Georgia to an 81-59 win over Belgium in their first game of the 2011 EuroBasket.

Pachulia had 16 points, while Viktor Sanikidze and Tornike Shengelia each had 13 points.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kirilenko Goes For 20 And 11 In Win Over Ukraine

With a dominant performance on the glass where they outrebounded Ukraine by a +13 margin, Russia pulled out a 73-64 win in their first game of the 2011 EuroBasket.

Andrei Kirilenko had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nowitzki Scores 25 In Germany's 91-64 Win Over Israel

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points on just 14 shots as Germany defeated Israel by a final score of 91-64.

Chris Kaman pitched in 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Robin Benzing had 12 points. Germany outrebounded Israel by a margin of +14.

Guy Pnini led Israel with 20 points.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pau Gasol, Navarro Lead Spain To 83-78 Win Over Poland

Spain defeated Poland by a final score of 83-78 in their first game of the 2011 EuroBasket.

The game was far closer than most expected as Spain is the tournament's heavy favorite.

Pau Gasol scored 29 points on just 12 shots from the floor, while Juan Carlos Navarro had 23 points. Marc Gasol had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Ricky Rubio was 0-for-5 from the floor and failed to record an assist in 16 minutes.

Poland was led by 18 points and seven assists from Thomas Kelati, who was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection from Washington State in 2005.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Purvis Takes Louisville Off List Altogether

Rodney Purvis has eliminated Louisville altogether from his list of school he's considering just a few months after he pulled his verbal commitment from the school.

Purvis is now considering Connecticut, Memphis, Missouri, N.C. Central, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia.

Purvis is one of the top shooting guards in the country.

“Instead of rushing into another decision,” Purvis said. “I get to sit down and talk with the coaches more. Gain relationships with every coach on the staff. Just get a good feel for the campuses ... and see what fits my style of play the best.”

Via News and Observer

High-Level CBA Meeting Lasts Six Hours

Derek Fisher told reporters afterward that the union had not changed its “philosophical stance” on issues and added that “both sides [are] feeling a sense of urgency” to strike a deal.

Who's Who Of Top High School Players To Attend Kentucky's Midnight Madness

Shabazz Muhammad, DaJuan Coleman, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, T.J. Warren, Willie Cauley, Chris Walker, Dakari Johnson and twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison will reportedly be in attendance.

Celtics Won't Add To Coaching Staff

Danny Ainge confirmed on Wednesday that the Celtics will not be adding to their coaching staff.

Puerto Rico Defeats Panama 99-66

Alejandro Carmona had 16 points on 10 shots and Carlos Arroyo had 11 points and seven assists.

Wednesday's CBA Meeting Likely To Reveal 'Seriousness Of Both Sides'

The most powerful brokers of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement will meet Wednesday in what will be the most significant negotiation to date of the 2011 lockout.

Nick Young Receiving Interest From China

Nick Young is receiving 'major interest' from teams in China, according to his agent Aaon Mintz.

Ledo Cancels Providence Announcement Press Conference

Some of Ricardo Ledo's advisors weren't ready for him to commit to Providence.

Iguodala, Collins Cleared Air Before Lockout

Andre Iguodala had an opportunity to speak with Doug Collins shortly before the lockout.

Melo League Defeats Goodman By 149-141 Final

Kevin Durant scored 59 points with LeBron James guarding him for most of the night, but his Goodman League team fell short.

Argentina Defeats Paraguay To Open 2011 FIBA Americas

Argentina defeated Paraguay by an 84-52 final in their first game of Pool Play in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Crittenton Was Robbed Of $55,000 Worth Of Jewelry

Javaris Crittenton was robbed at gunpoint by two teenagers when leaving a barbershop on the evening of April 21st.

Adelman Returns To Oregon Without Offer From Wolves

Rick Adelman met with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday, but returned to Portland without an offer or promise that one would be forthcoming.

Blair In Serious Talks To Play In Russia

DeJuan Blair could sign with a Russian team this week.

Splitter's 17, 11 And Six Paces Brazil To 93-83 Win Over Venezuela

Brazil defeated Venezuela by a final score of 92-83 in their opening game of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Horford Leads Dominican Republic To 90-60 Win Over Cuba

Al Horford scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Stern, Silver, Holt, Hunter, Fisher And Klempner Set For Meeting

The two sides last met on August 1st.

Thaddeus Young In Conversations With Multiple Teams From China

Thaddeus Young has received attention from teams in China, according to his agent Jim Tanner.

Pearl Turns Down D-League Offer, Takes Job With Marketing Firm

A news release by the company cited Bruce Pearl's marketing and economic background as a student at Boston College.

Kamari Murphy Commits To Oklahoma State

Kamari Murphy has verbally committed to Oklahoma State, choosing the Big 12 school over Florida, Miami, Connecticut, Auburn and Louisville.

Bishop Gorman's Demetris Morant Commits To UNLV

Demetris Morant said he chose the Rebels over San Diego State. He also was recruited by Arizona State, Memphis, Texas A&M and Nevada.
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