And that is the end of the first NBA EUROPE LIVE game in Rome. The Celtics win 89-85. I gotta run to the media room now and get my food the hot Italian girl offered me! Just kidding – it was a nice experience and we will see more Bargnani tomorrow against Virtus Roma.
10:55pm Gabe Priutt misses one free throw: 85-89 with 6.14 to go
10:53pm Air-ball Juan Dixon, but still Raptors ball who also miss the three from the inbound – Luke Jackson with the foul to stop the clock.
10:51pm poor Brian Scalabrine – Celtics had the ball and he got the pass – with his foot on the line – right where Spike Lee is sitting. Raptors ball with 22.60 to go.
10:48pm 85-88 Celtics with 47.93 to go. The Celtics bench is up while the Raptors are all sitting – Luke Jackson just missed the chance to tie the game for the Toronto Raptors – 26.41 to go – timeout.
10:44pm The fans want Bargnani and Garnett again but it looks like the 4th quarter is just for the second teams – and the game also looks like that now – many turnovers and wild shots.
10:31pm One interesting thing – we got the second teams on the floor now – Would you rather take the Raptors’ or the Celtics’? It seems like Posey, Scalabrine, Powe, Jones and Eddie House are the better choice right now. Interesting since everybody was questioning their bench.
10:24pm At the beginning of the fourth quarter we got Kevin Garnett with 19 points and 17 rebounds while Chris Bosh got 12 points and 9 rebounds. The difference between those guys? Kevin got an evaluation of 30 while Bosh “only” got 14 – which is the best for the Raptors
10:13pm Sam Michtell doesn’t like what his team is doing in defense – what he does like is the speed of TJ Ford. Oh and yes Chris Bosh is also playing but his first real nice action was the dunk right now. He looks a little bit lost on the court today. Kevin Garnett on the other side took over -nobody can really guard him when he posts up.
10:04pm I hope we will get to see #24 Jason Kapono a lot this season. I really do like what he shows here.
10:00pm No more playing around! It’s getting physical. First it was Garnett and Bargnani now Chris Bosh fighting for the ball on the floor. Somehow it looks like the Celtics should be up by some points but it is just a two point game so far.
9:57pm I guess you saw that tip dunk by Kevin Garnett – the crowd liked it but Dick Bavetta didn’t like the hanging (a.k.a pull up) on the rim and gave him a technical. Come on Dick!
9:53pm and back again with the game.. It looks like they told Bargnani to do more cause he either shot right away or took the ball to the basket but it’s still hard for him to defend Garnett.
9:34pm half time – and Bargnani gets interviewed right away on the court by SKY, the Italian pay TV station. What does he have to say? Well he had a good start and really got more physical against Kevin Garnett but Kevin has been the star so far. You all can check out the stats so far so I don’t have to post that stuff but it is interesting that Kevin Garnett got a double-double at half time already – 10 points and 11 rebounds. They are also changing the net of the basket now since it broke during the warm up of the Raptors. Man it takes much longer to change that than I thought.. Right now we got the guys who jump through the air and do these crazy dunks – not so interesting but I have never seen a woman doing this before and she is much better than some guys here!
9:20pm I must say it really looks like the Celtics will prove themselves this season. Especially Kevin Garnett is doing a great job posting up, scoring, defending and passing the ball.
9:18pm Luke Jackson gets his first chance since Sam really did not like what Graham did.
9:09pm Wow. I guess it is hard to to a LIVE blog when the Internet doesn’t work. But the nice guy all the way down right behind the raptors bench offered me his line. So I am behind the bench – which is not bad anyway. Thanks again. So here is what happened so far:
Well of course the internet is not working in the gym so I am taking my notes here ..
The game started and for me this looks more than just a normal exhibition game. Kevin Garnett’s first point was a dunk, Bargnani’s a three and the fans love it. Ray Allen is also doing his job so far – catch and shoot!
Toronto hasn’t made a sub until late in the first quarter when Garbajosa, Calderon, Nesterovic and Graham came in. Since we got a lot of Europeans on the court now it’s very interesting to see what they can do. Three three pointers in three plays.
8.13pm the Raptors enter the gym and it was loud – of course – Bargnani but when the Celtics came in it was MUCH louder – so guess who is the ticket seller here. Kevin Garnett gets a loud ” wooooow” every time he does a dunk.
8.10pm We are about 20 minutes away from the game to start. A few people I saw while I was walking around: Spike Lee and right next to him Ahmad Rashad…