Over in France, one semifinal matchup has top seed Cholet Basket facing off against Gravelines-Dunkerque … and at least two serious problems to overcome if this team has any hope of advancing.
The first difficulty for Cholet is Gravelines’ seeming mastery over them this season. Including regular- and post-season play in the LNB in 2009-10, Cholet is 25-8 overall – but a stunning 0-3 against Gravelines after the game one loss on Sunday.
Meanwhile, NBA Draft worshippers need to take note: At just before 3pm, Draft Express tweeted that Cholet’s Kevin Seraphin will be out two to three weeks due to the knee injury that knocked him out of the LNB playoffs just three minutes into game one of the Gravelines series.
Draft Express notes that Seraphin’s injury “essentially ends his season and rules him out of NBA workouts” and that “He surely won’t be playing in [this weekend’s Adidas Eurocamp showcase].”
So whether you have prospective second-rounder Seraphin going to the Utah Jazz (as BiE does), the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, or anywhere else, you may want to adjust your mock draft accordingly. Seraphin can decide to pull out of contention for the NBA Draft up until June 14.
Back to the game: Seraphin’s first-quarter was cited as much of the problem in Cholet’s 70-68 loss to Gravelines-Dunkerque, with big men J.K. Edwards and Demetrius Nichols running riot for 17 and 15 points, respectively. Said Cholet head coach Erman Kunter: “[Seraphin’s injury] was the turning point. From there, we had much less impact in the paint.”
In the other LNB series, Roanne’s fearsome foursome of Dylan Page, Noel David, Amagou Pape Philippe, and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (who combined for 80 points) overcame Le Mans’ Arkansas ballers Zack Wright and Dewarick Spencer (who went for 58 points on 25-of-39 combined shooting), 99-95 in overtime.
Game two of the Cholet Basket vs. Gravelines-Dunkerque series tips off at 8.30pm CET tonight.