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Paquito Answer for the Day 38

This one’s hot, after months of speculation and drama … the New York Knicks have agreed to trade NBA All Star and Olympian Basketball star Carmelo Anthony to the Western Conference Division title contender and home to Mr. Triple-Double and reigning league MVP Russel Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunders in exchange for several key players led by center Enes Kanter and Victor Oladipo. Shall we consider them with their own Big 3? Paul George was on board and NBA fans are too excited to see how this three will fare which was somehow came as an unexpected move given the many hindrances in landing Melo to a team like the Thunder.

Will they live up to the expectations ? Does it pose any threat to the title holder the Golden State Warriors ? That needs to be seen come opening of the NBA Games a month from now. Your thoughts please…

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The hungriest always play the biggest, thriller is on the horizon. – Paquito

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USA Dream Team FORMALIZED GOLD at Rio 2016 Olympics Men’s Basketball game, Demolished Serbia Team Final Score 96-66

The team USA entered the game focused, skilled and smarter with the planned strategies. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s game plan made the Serbian team paid for it, applying the trojan horse technique effectively masking early in the First quarter lead of Serbia by sending their bigs in foul trouble paving the way inside the paint a bit wide easier for the USA team offensive attack.  Serbia stayed in the game till the early Second quarter until the US started launching points after points and slowly put away the Serbians on their way to its 25th olympic basketball game consecutive win.

As advertised prior to the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Kevin Durant showcased what he got by scoring a total of 30 points on a 10/19 field goals and 5/11 at three point line in a little over 30 minutes of playing time contributing a point in every minute and showed why he was the highest paid athlete in the 2016 Rio Olympics beating Serbia with a final score of 96 – 66 as traditionally done ever since the pros were allowed to compete in the most important games in the history held every four years. Demarcus Cousins held his own inside the paint scoring 13 points and grabbed a huge 15 rebounds against Serbia’s Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Jokic, Milan Macvan, Vladimir Stimac and Nikola Kalinic who fouled out of the game in the early half.

Defense played a big factor in this US dream team win as Serbia’s gunner Milos Teodosic were limited to only 11 field goal attempts for  messy 9 total points far from his 22 points performance against Australia in the semis game, the same with Miroslav Raduljica. The final game were witnessed by a total of 10, 658 sports fans inside the Carioca Arena 1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And the US dream team once again shouted to the world who’s the best in the basketball planet that even Zika virus took a resounding backseat with a victory more meaningful for the USA where the game originated 125 years ago.

And the Star Spangled Banner were raised to its designated place on top of Serbia and Spain who finished Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Team to watch in 2020 Tokyo Olympics is Serbia, the youngest basketball team in the competition who made it to the olympics via a Qualifying Tournament and winning against China and Venezuela in the preliminaries and knocked out Lithuania and Australia, but that needs to be seen as the US Dream Team will surely field their best and protect its status as the best basketball team in the world.

Mastery requires patience, Victory requires respect. – Paquito

 

USA Outplayed Spain 82-76 Rio 2016 Olympic Men’s Basketball Semis game

BOTH TEAMS coaches, USA’s Mike Krzyzewski and Spain’s Sergio Scariolo played their cards well using 10 man rotation of players on the USA Dream Team side,  Demarcus Cousins fouled out of the game with 31.5 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. An improved spacing inside the paint ended the Spain’s dominance of the interior, and the USA using time outs strategically to ensure the superstars are on the track of the Mission Rio-Gold demolished Spain with  a final score of 82 -76 after an intense and closed calls ensuing the final period.

USA outrebounded Spain, 53 -41 with De Andre Jordan grabbing a game high 16 caroms and blocked most of the important shots attempted by the spanish players at 6 – 1. Pau Gasol silently led his team with 23 points and 8 rebounds while Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a total of 22 on 50% field goal shooting with 12 points coming from the three point territory in his 35.11 minutes playing time. And with their sight set on the looming rematch with the Australian Boomers, Draymond Green were used sparingly and Harrison Barnes and Demar De Rozan were kept on the bench to enter the Gold game with the freshest legs.

Spain could have a chance to cut the lead to 7 coming from a dunk by Nikola Mirotic but Sergio Rodriguez layup ended in an offensive foul after he made a contact with De Andre Jordan in the face sending Jordan to the bench and saw their chance to bubble bursts after Kevin Durant scores on  layup to 11 points, 80 -69 with 1:43 left in the final canto. USA held on to their defensive prowess keeping the spaniards door to the finals finally closed as actually seen by the 10,455 spectators inside the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. USA will play the winner between Australia and Serbia with a scheduled tip off at 6:00 am.

In any sport or game, the team that shows the better desire, discipline and defense strategies ended up glorious and victorious – Paquito

Exciting Rio 2016 Olympic Men’s Basketball Semis Games

Surprisingly Serbia basketball team becomes the team who has nothing to lose in the odds while setting its sights on silver medal finish and if they still packed with a lucky punch in the unpredictable finals game could be the happiest hoops team in this tournament. That is after, if they’ could’ve hurdle past Andrew Bogut’s Australian Boomers team who are eyeing a repeat date with the USA Dream team.

The NBA superstars are entering the semis with an average high at 105 points to an equally distant advantage of 16 against Australia, 18 vs Spain who are mixing it up with a deep historic background and both are expected to carry their very best for the last in order to play for the gold game, and a wide 21 point disparity if pitted against the rugged Serbia men’s team based on the stats sheet and its far from the actual actions on the court.

My prediction is this, if Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova plays with a better tenacity and intensity against the Serbian they’re in for the finals game and vice versa as Serbia is also a stronger team from all position, meaning this matchup is also a championship like caliber game. On the other side, US dream team have regained their old self as seen how they’ve hold up Argentina even with Ginobili, Scola, Nocioni and Campazzo gave their best still the US played the most important ingredient of their game which is man to man defense and all is history such as leading by below 30 points credible advantage. I consider Spain as the darkhorse at this moment in time as the spaniards have timely regained their old form at the expense of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw France team.

We are about to witness the USA getting their 15th Gold , Australia at Silver and Spain for Bronze. Serbia has the consolation of getting this far and a force to reckon with come 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.

Gold, Silver and Bronze are all the same in terms of memorable records as the good and the better is as important with the best in determination of excellence in performances executed thru the beauty of a teamwork  perfection – Paquito

 

Who’s your Pick for the Men’s Basketball Finals Game in Rio 2016 Olympics

As expected the USA Dream Team ended the preliminaries with a perfect record in a never perceived fashion with 3 close games against Australia, Serbia and France. While Australia if we are to consider the loss to US as a given factor also showed what it takes to have a crack to the Gold or a consolation Silver finish.

On the other end of the court, Argentina and Lietuva have been lording it over the other protagonist with Spain recovering just in time should never be taken out of the equation as favorites with the quarterfinals format of knock out system could change the intensity and type of plays these teams could put up against every opponent.

The warm up is over and as the basketball fans around the world said this is the real game we are waiting for with stricter defense, more hustles, raining treys and knee breaking crossovers and also were in for the fist-slamma-jamma alley oop dunks! And this equates to greatness and pride to take hold of who’s who in the hoop kingdom around the world.

So who’s your pick? (send me an email of your prediction by writing your comments below after this article) 

Are we going to see a repeat of US vs Australian Boomers? or US vs France’s Les Bleus? But of course the Argentinians will not just give it to Spain and Lithuania since Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocioni will not team up for the last time without their sights set on that glistening Gold finish. But dont count out the upset concious Croatian team who are on playing with consistencies both at the ends of the floor. One we are all sure of, it will be one of the greatest basketball finals game of the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

There is no such thing as unbeatable but you have to disintegrate the solid fortress that has been there covered by talent and patriotism as those who plays with glittering game will take home the trickle of Gold. -Paquito

Winning by 33 or 3 is a Still Win ! Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on its twelfth day of the nineteen day schedule for all sports lined up and we are witnessing the history of sports in its highest forms where world records are smashed and replaced by the outstanding performances of super athletes. And the pre-opening scare of dreaded zika virus a thing of the past, spectators are embracing several selected games where local heroes Rafaela Silva, Gold medal for Women’s 57Kg Judo; Felipe Almeida Wu, Silver for 10m air Pistol Men’s Shooting and Rafael Silva, Mayra Aguiar Bronze medals for Judo Men 100kg & Women 78 kg respectively for a total of 4 medals for the 2016 Olympic host Brazil.

While some of the super athletes are living the dream to its realistic performances, fans and spectators of this samba country are seeing the opposite in one of the most popular sports in the Olympics since the entry of professional basketball players spearheaded by NBA millionaires player in the person of Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, De Andre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, DeMar Derozan, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Jimmy Butler whom are criticises for choosing stay in a cruise ship instead of the olympic athletes village that to some are missing the true olympic spirit. Pau Gasol of Spain Basketball team is heading to a wild ride to make it to the medal race the same with France who will be playing the USA tomorrow at 1:15am .  People expectations drew a lot of dynamics in terms of how they’ve viewed the past 4 games of the USA Dream Team where twice they’re threatened with games against Australia and Serbia. The USA basketball team more than 30+ points winning average advantage entering the 2016 Rio games are now flexing extra muscle to notch those important wins in the eliminations to ensure they’re on track to get that 15th Gold medal and maintain the tradition of basketball excellence and ranking around the globe.

The very big difference of the 2016 Rio Olympic basketball story as compared to 1992 Barcelona Olympics is the influx of European players mixing it up with the best of the NBA as seen in the two exciting games. Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills of Australia and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Jokic, Nemanja Nedovic of Serbia have been rubbing elbows with NBA’s best in the past seasons. China and Venezuela are the only teams with no current NBA  active players in the rosters but has previous engagement with several NBA teams respectively. This alone has dabbles the scientific approaches of team plays where European,Asian , Oceania and African players are more attuned.

And with the basketball nearing its vital quarterfinals and semifinals game, we have nothing to expect but a more thrilling and exciting match-ups of the powerhouse now battling equally for the Silver medal and an exclusive chance to play the bunch of NBA stars as winning by 33 or 3 is still a win for the USA Dream Team.

Either by a mile or an inch a win is still a win – Paquito

USA Men’s Basketball blast Australia in Rio Olympic Games 2016

Team USA Men’s basketball team continues to lived up to the fans expectation by getting win number 3 at the expense of Asia Oceania Champion Australia Men’s Basketball Team. The biggest disparity came from the 3-point goal percentage with the NBA superstars shooting 44% from the floor with a final score of 98-88,

Australia led by two points early in the final quarter and the US had to pull up a close defense to get ensure the win , the Dream Team was led by veteran Carmelo Anthony (31 points 11/21 shooting, nine treys 9/15 shooting). Patty Mills lead the scorers for Australia, 30 points as big guns Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova provide the short support . Team USA entered the contest on a 70-game winning streak, including exhibition games, and a streak of 19 in the Olympics dating back to Athens 2004. USA has a life standing record of 7-0 back to 1964.

Beating the unbeatable is the most hardest thing to do, perfect practice makes your work perfect – Paquito

Athletes to Watch in Rio Olympics 2016

The Olympic ceremonies of the modern era were witnessed by millions around the globe, focus will now be relegated to the main ingredient of the games, the athletes. There are well known and some unknown but considered darkhorse to take home the most coveted gold medal to their certain events. Let us take a look at the list of favorites to hit the podium and the sports world expectation.

Athletics , 100 meter dash – All of us are waiting for this event to determine if the fastest man alive could beat the current gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica

Swimming, Michael Phelps of the US Swimming team is still the favorite to get a bunch of gold in every swimming category he’s set to compete.

Weightlifting, Under the 56 kilograms event, London gold medalist from North Korea Om Yun-Cho I will have to defend the podium if they wanna put the same number of medals from the previous  summer games with the other coming from Gymnastics event.

Cycling, Great Britain cycling team is touted to continue its run to lord it over in all cycling events where its success can be dated back to three Olympics ago, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Basketball, With the series of foregoing their participation, NBA superstars still sent its strong and younger team as the favorite to win its 15th gold medal with only a mosquito bite threat from France and Spain to get an upset and deny the Carmelo Anthony led USA Basketball team who is also set ready to receive his 3rd gold medal of the summer games.

With only the famous american swimmer Michael Phelps still active and who has a tremendous haul of 18 golds in record, the discussion lies as to how many he gonna add to his collection once after the Rio Olympics 2016 closes after 17 complete calendar days.

Medals are the hardware we chase by competing fair and square and its legacy of putting up your best that surely shines brighter than gold. – Paquito