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Pro Bball Report Week in Review 08/03/14

On Pro Bball Report last week: 2014 World Cup in Spain predictions, Paul George breaks leg, DeMar DeRozan shines, Raptors and Wizards are sure things, Clippers sale to go ahead, Dick Bavetta to retire, Terrence Ross breaking out, Will Cherry to Raptors, MVP Greivis Vasquez, Jonas Valanciunas makes Lithuania wait, Team Canada, Robert Sacre, Andrew Nicholson and more.
 

Eurobasket Predicts Spain To Defeat Team USA At World Cup

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Confidence is high among some of the media covering the 2014 World Cup in Spain starting on August 30 that Spain is built to defeat the heavily favored Team USA.
 

Pacers Paul George Breaks His Leg In Team USA Scrimmage

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Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.
 

DeRozan Shines In Scrimmage Cut Short By Injury To George

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DeMar DeRozan was doing what the Toronto Raptors have come to expect from their All-Star at the Team USA Blue and White scrimmage, he was leading all scorers with 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and had collected 4 rebounds. A much improved jump shooter since he came into the league in 2009, DeRozan quickly found the range in this game and took advantage of his opportunities.
 

Raptors, Wizards: The Only Sure Things In The NBA East

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Last season it was the Pacers and the HEAT in a two-way race during the regular season that ended in the inevitable Eastern Conference Finals matchup. Everyone else was just along for the ride. This time, with only a couple of shoes left to drop, the only teams will any level of certainty are the Raptors and the Wizards as the rest of the pretenders in the Conference have undergone so many changes, even they don’t really know what they have.
 

Judge Confirms Shelly Sterling Can Sell The Clippers

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The sale of the Clippers to new ownership is in the best interests of everyone, but the circumstances surrounding this is an issue worthy of further discussion. The NBA might want to take a step back and revisit this situation once the smoke clears. A lot of their owners are not getting any younger and dementia doesn’t spare people just because they are rich.
 

Reports That NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Will Retire

Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin tweeted that longtime NBA veteran referee Dick Bavetta is retiring and the twiterverse has slowly started to respond with comments, compliments and those reminiscing about the 74-year-old’s nearly 40-year history in the NBA.
 

The Raptors Terrence Ross Is Set To Breakout This Season

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“It’s about (Ross’) growth,” Casey said in November. “He is growing as a player and that is what this year is all about. It is him growing.”
 

What does Grizzlies Guard Will Cherry Bring To The Raptors?

Montana Grizzlies guard Will Cherry is expected to sign an NBA minimum two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors after a strong Summer League performance with the Cavaliers.
 

Raptors Greivis Vasquez MVP In South American Championship

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“Thank God we got this victory,” Vasquez said. “It is an important triumph for me and for the team. As a Venezuelan, I’m proud. When we went out of last year’s Pre-Mundial (FIBA Americas Championship), I told my teammates that we would be the South American champions and we are.”
 

Lithuania Waiting On Raptors Jonas Valanciunas

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With the arrival of the Houston Rockets Donatas Motiejunas, the only player Lithuania’s National Team is still waiting on to show up is Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas.
 

Team Canada Loses First Of Two Games With Croatia 69-64

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Brady Heslip led Canada with 16 points on 4 made three-pointers and Lakers center Robert Sacre contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Dario Saric led the home team with 14 points.
 

Andrew Nicholson leads Team Canada In 74-59 Loss To Croatia

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It was a terrible shooting performance by Team Canada in Croatia and the Senior Men’s National Team lost 74-59 to the home side for the second day in a row. The Magic’s Andrew Nicholson led Canada with 16 points and Owen Klassen added 10 points off the bench.
 

• Big Stories From Last Week

Raptors Buyout Of Lucas Nogueira From Estudiantes Is Close

The Toronto Raptors are closing in on completing the buyout of center Lucas Nogueira from Asefa Estudiantes much to the disappointment of several top Eurloeague teams that had hoped to acquire the ACB top defensive player from last season.
 

Raptors Net A Needed Veteran Scorer With Lou Williams

“(My role is) to just come off the bench and bring a ton of energy and score the basketball,” Williams said. “(Provide) leadership, experience, in Philadelphia we had some pretty good runs. We were two possessions away from being in the Eastern Conference Finals when we had barely even made the playoffs.”
 

Were The 2013-14 Raptors The Best Team In Franchise History?

“It’s a hell of an accomplishment,” Amir Johnson said. “It is something we get to show our kids when we get old and we come back here. We can point up and say our team won that.”
 
Steve Nash Excited To Mentor Team Canada This Summer

“It’s natural and I think I’ve been a mentor for about 18 years now,” Nash said. “I’m 40 and I’ve been a veteran in the NBA for a long time, so I’ve had a lot of young players play on my teams or under me and I’ll always be there to try to share and help and give back.”
 

Cory Joseph Brings Leadership To A Young Team Canada

“I definitely put a lot on my shoulders as a point guard and as a leader,” Joseph said. “I have to lead this team. I feel that I can be that extension of the coach on the court and I am just trying to lead this team to get Ws.”