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Follow The Trail Blazers In Turkey

09/03/10
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 3.8



    The last Trail Blazers game was 120 days ago and the preseason is still more than a month away from starting. For those who can't wait any longer to see their Trail Blazers in action, have no fear. Starting on Saturday, the 28th of August, and running through Thursday, the 2nd of September, there will be a total of 19 preliminary games over in Turkey for the World Championships with distinct Rip City connections. Participating in the Worlds are Nicolas Batum representing France, Rudy Fernandez and Victor Claver playing for Spain, and Patty Mills doing the same for Australia.

    After fellow Frenchmen Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, and Mickael Pietrus decided to skip the Worlds in favor of rest and recuperation and up-and-comer, Rodrigue Beaubois broke his foot during practice, the onus now falls more heavily onto Nicolas Batum's shoulders. As Casey Holdahl put it, 'France's Loss Might Be Portland's Gain', due to the fact that the only other NBA regular on the French team is Boris Diaw, meaning much more opportunities for Batum to fine tune his craft.

    Finally in July of 2010, at the Las Vegas Summer League, Trail Blazers fans got to see Patty Mills in his element. Up until that moment, there were only box scores of his dominating NBDL performances and sporadic appearances late in games with the Blazers to judge him on. Although he doesn't start for the Boomers, keep a close eye on Patty as he gets a lot of run, acting as the team's sixth man scoring punch off of the bench.

    Rudy Fernandez and Victor Claver will be helping Spain in their attempt to defend their 2006 World Championships trophy. While he doesn't get a ton of court time, seeing Claver play live will give fans an insight to what his skill set could bring to the Trail Blazers down the road and it beats watching the same YouTube highlights over and over again. On the other hand, Rudy has been and still is a mainstay on the Spanish national team and without Pau Gasol for this tournament, his role should be magnified even larger. After an unwanted ending against USA in their friendly match, look for the Spaniards, and in particular Rudy, to come out with something to prove.

    Even though nothing beats seeing our guys, donned in the red, black, and white, playing in front of a packed house at the Rose Garden, watching their maturation and progression from the end of the season until now will be more than worth the urge to resist hitting the snooze button and rise out of bed to catch those early bird matchups.

    August 28th, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    Australia Jordan 06:20 AM PST Kayseri ESPN, ESPN3
    USA Croatia 09:00 AM PST Istanbul ESPN, ESPN3
    France Spain 10:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3

    August 29th, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    Slovenia USA 06:30 AM PST Istanbul ESPN, ESPN3
    Lebanon France 08:20 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3
    Spain New Zealand 10:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3
    Argentina Australia 11:20 AM PST Kayseri ESPN, ESPN3

    August 30th, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    Australia Germany 08:50 AM PST Kayseri ESPN, ESPN3
    USA Brazil 11:30 AM PST Istanbul ESPN, ESPN3

    August 31st, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    France Canada 08:20 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3
    Spain Lithuania 10:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3

    September 1st, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    Serbia Australia 06:20 AM PST Kayseri ESPN, ESPN3
    Lebanon Spain 08:20 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3
    Iran USA 09:00 AM PST Istanbul ESPN, ESPN3
    Lithuania France 10:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3

    September 2nd, 2010

    Home Away Time City, Arena Watch
    Spain Canada 05:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3
    Angola Australia 06:20 AM PST Kayseri ESPN, ESPN3
    USA Tunisia 06:30 AM PST Istanbul ESPN, ESPN3
    New Zealand France 10:50 AM PST Izmir ESPN, ESPN3

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