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YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/28 Day 18

ROUND OF 16

NETHERLANDS VS SLOVAKIA (Ned- 2-1)

  • Hollands keeps grinding out wins as they move to the quarterfinals for the 1st time since 1998.  The Dutch have yet to play a quality opponent, but we’ve yet to see them play their best futbol. 
  • The play isn’t flashy, they calmly pass the ball around as they slowly lull you to sleep.  Then BAM, they strike as witnessed by the goal by the returning Arjen Robben.  Sniejder played a curling long ball that not many players are able to pull off.  He threaded it between 2 Slovakians as he hit Robben in perfect stride down the right side.  Robben then did his infamous cut-back inside to set-up the shot with his left.  Robben finished from there, 1-0 Holland.    
  • Slovakia played better than I expected.  From the 30-60 minute mark they took it to the Dutch.  Slovakia exploited Holland’s central backs a few times, but kept squandering opportunities.  Robert Vittek had the best chance.  He received a pass just inside the top of the box.  He seemed to hurry his shot as he disappointingly struck it right at the goalkeeper.  The goal would have tied the game at 1.
  • The rigid, defensive midfield tandem of De Jong and Van Bommel had yet another good game.  They are essentially a brick wall.
  • Holland had much better flank play.  With Van Der Vart in the line-up the midfield was very cluttered in the middle.  Today, with the returning Robben the wide play was much better.
  • Quick Facts- Holland’s last quarterfinal appearance came in 1998.
  • Men of the Match
  • Netherlands- Arjen Robben
  • Slovakia- Miroslav Stoch
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/2*

Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt heads the ball during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between  the Netherlands and Slovakia at the stadium in Durban, Monday, June 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(Dirk Kuyt)

BRAZIL VS CHILE (Bra- 3-0)

  • It felt like a trap game, but Brazil did what they usually do, beat Chile.  Like the Netherlands, Brazil has maintained a more rigid approach.  They still have flair, but not the overwhelming flair they had in the past.
  • I had a flashback during this game.  It felt like the 2006 World Cup again.  Brazil beat Ghana handily by the same score, 3-0.  Then they bowed out to France in the quarterfinals 1-0.  What will happen in this year’s quarterfinal against Holland?
  • Chile played well for the 1st 30 minutes.  Then Brazil scored, and it seemed to take all the energy away from Chile.
  • Chile won over some fans during this World Cup because of their attack-minded approach.  Many of the players are still youngsters; it should make for an exciting future for Chilean futbol.  Chile’s lack of individual quality killed them.  They couldn’t finish anything.  Their best forward, Humberto Suazo did not seem fit.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil has an aggregate score of 29-3 against Chile in their previous 8 encounters.
  • Men of the Match
  • Brazil- Kaka
  • Chile- Humberto Suazo
  • GAME RATING- 1*

Brazil's Kaka applauds to supporters as he is substituted during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Monday, June 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Kaka)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/27 Day 17

ROUND OF 16

GERMANY VS ENGLAND (Ger- 4-1)

  • The question of the use of instant replay has been posed before.  After watching both matches today, it’s about time FIFA does something about instituting it.  Luckily for the officials today, their major errors did not cost a team a game.  But.  Imagine if this “goal” by Lampard came in extra time of say, a World Cup Final.  Oh boy! 
  • England coach Fabio Cappelo blamed the officiating for the loss today.  He stated that the disallowed game changed the game plan of England.  Does he have an argument?  In my opinion, NO!  Germany obliterated England today.  England look like they played in slow-motion, they were trapped in quicksand. 
  • Yes, the disallowed goal made England chase the game.  They overcommitted offensively and got burned twice in the Germany counter-attack. But, like I said before, England looked very slow.  Their defense was pathetic.  The Germany players constantly took England out of their defensive positions with their individual technical skill.  They layed the blueprint of what England needs to become. 
  • If I thought yesterday’s 2nd goal by Ghana was an inaspicious defensive effort from the USA, what was Germany’s 1st goal.  The group stages featured a numerous amount of goalkeeper gaffes.  Thus far in the round of 16, we’re witnessing some awful play from the back line.  
  • Is it possible it possible that the German team is better off without Ballack?  Possibly.  I just come away more and more impressed with the Germany youngins; Ozil, Muller, Khedira and Boateng.  Thomas Muller had his breakout performance today.  I mean, this was supposed to be a transitional year for Germany.  Watch out 2014, but then again they may win it all this year.
  • Germany did a great job concealing the injuries of Schweinsteiger and Boateng.  I was shocked to see them on the pitch today. 
  • Now I know why both England and USA lost.  Mick Jagger needs to be barred from any future USA matches.  He can go to all the England games he pleases.  I’m begging you Mick, just stay away.
  • Quick Facts- Germany has made the quarterfinals in 15 straight World Cups.  That is disgusting!  The 2nd longest streak is 5 from Brazil.  England and Germany have met 5 times in the World Cup, this is the 1st game which hasn’t gone to extra time.  This is the worst World Cup loss in England’s history.
  • Men of the Match
  • Germany- Thomas Muller
  • England- Steven Gerrard
  • GAME RATING- 3 1/2*

Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney

(Back to the drawing board)

ARGENTINA VS MEXICO (Arg- 3-1)

  • You know those Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World commercials.  Diego Maradona needs to be in those commercials.  He is the most interesting man in the world.  I can just picture him now.  “I don’t always use my hands, but when I do it’s like a descendent of god.  Stay handy my friends!”  I couldn’t help but notice he was wearing not 1, but 2 watches.  He is the epitome of awesomeness.
  • On a serious note, Maradona has the best strategy of any manager of this World Cup, letting his players play.  With all of his antics on and off the field, he is centering the attention on himself whether he means to or not.
  • The non-offsides call on Tevez played a more important role in my opinion than the Lampard goal in the England game.  After the goal, instead of putting it in the past and playing,  Mexico let the goal get to them.  
  • The Mexico defense was pathetic.  They kept giving the ball away in their own half.  Osorio’s error on the Higuan goal was mind-numbing.  The Argentina players went around their back four so easily.  Mexico would have been better off putting a bunch of blow-up dolls out there.  The one lone exception was Marquez’s defensive marking of Messi, the best so far in the tournament.  They are teammates at Barcelona, so Marquez must have a nice little scouting report on him.
  • The 2nd goal from Tevez was flat-out dirty.  From 25 yards away, Tevez gave it a vicious twirl.  The goalkeeper had no chance as the ball whizzed by him in the top right corner.
  • Quick Facts- Gonzalo Higuan is 1st alone in the race for the golden shoe with 4 goals.
  • Men of the Match  
  • Argentina- Carlos Tevez
  • Mexico- Giovani Dos Santos
  • GAME RATING- 2*

Argentina head coach Diego Maradona, left, lifts Lionel Messi at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Sunday, June 27, 2010. Argentina won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(If you ever want to play the World Cup drinking game.  Here are the rules.  Everytime Maradona hugs somebody, take a shot.  You’ll be plastered in a matter of minutes)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) Netherlands vs Slovakia
  • (2:30 est) Brazil vs Chile

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/26 Day 16

ROUND OF 16

URUGUAY VS SOUTH KOREA (Uru- 2-1)

  • Here’s the thing, everyone I’ve talked to about this match feels that South Korea DOMINATED this match.  In the next couple of bullets, I will explain why Uruguay deserved to win this one.  Feel free to comment below.
  • This contest fell right into Uruguay’s hands.  They got the early goal, defended and let their 3 stars create the scoring chances. 
  • Luis Suarez scored both goals for Uruguay.  The 1st came in the 8th minute when South Korean GK Jung Sung-Ryong came out a little to far to handle a cross.  Suarez had a tight angle, but drilled in the 1st goal of the game.  The 2nd goal was the goal of the tournament so far.  The swerve and bend from Suarez’s shot was incredible.
  • I feel that people perceived that South Korea controlled the game because they were the ones pushing forward.  I’ll try to explain that South Korea’s pushing forward fell right Uruguay’s trap.  This is a tactic.  It just happened that South Korea scored. 
  • You know, I was talking to someone about trying to analyze which team has the better side in a certain game.  When you have teams that like to play back, like Uruguay, it can be tough to analyze if they are the better side in a specific match.  He said, go with your gut.  While your watching the game, “in your gut”, who do you feel will win the game.  Well, “in my gut”, even with a South Korean equalizer, I never felt that Uruguay would lose.  There 3 big offensive stars, Suarez, Forlan and Cavani, are very dangerous and can tickle the twine at any time on the pitch.  And then, Suarez struck out of nowhere.
  • Quick Facts- Uruguay actually put more shots on goal 8-5.
  • Men of the Match
  • Uruguay– Luis Suarez
  • South Korea– Park Ji-Sung
  • GAME RATING- 3 3/4*

Uruguay's Luis Suarez, foreground, celebrates with team members after scoring the second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Uruguay and South Korea at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Saturday, June 26, 2010.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

 (Suarez celebrates 2nd goal)

USA VS GHANA (Gha- 2-1 ET)

  • You can’t keep falling behind early in matches, you just can’t.  Especially at this level.  From 5 minutes on, once again the US had to chase the game and throw their pre-game strategy out the window.  In Ghana’s defense, I hate to say it but they deserved to win this match.  It’s just such a crushing loss for the US because of this favorable knockout draw.  Oh, the possibilities (Wiping my tears)
  • Ghana’s midfield absolutely dominated the United States.  They had great spacing, and moved the ball around well.  USA played the monkey in the middle as Ghana kept playing keep-away.
  • Ghana capitalized on two gigantic mistakes from the US side.  The 1st goal came on a Ricardo Clark give-away. (Why did he start) Kevin Prince-Boateng moved in as Jay DeMerit kept moving back.  Boateng then drilled it past Howard.  The 2nd goal came on a mistake by the US center-backs.  A desperate long ball split Bocanegra and DeMerit like they were a pair of goalposts.  Gyan then finished by flicking it by Howard.
  • Once again, the US had a tale of two halves.  They got pushed around in the 1st half.  I don’t know why it takes a half for this team to start playing?    
  • The US looked absolutely dead after the 75th minute mark.  The rest of the way, the offense consisted of desperate long-balls trying to connect on net and possibly get lucky.
  • Quick Facts- Ghana becomes the 3rd African nation ever to reach the World Cup Quarterfinals.  No African team has ever made the semifinals. 
  • Men of the Match
  • Ghana- Asamoah Gyan
  • USA- Landon Donovan
  • GAME RATING- 3 3/4*

From right, United States' Landon Donovan, Robbie Findley, Jozy Altidore,  Maurice Edu, and Benny Feilhaber, sit on the bench following the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Saturday, June 26, 2010.  Ghana won 2-1 in extra time, advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Defeat) 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) England vs Germany
  • (2:30 est) Argentina vs Mexico

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Knockout Round Predictions

Round of 16

Uruguay vs South Korea (Uru- 2-0)

  • Uruguay’s defense is overlooked.  They still haven’t let in a goal in World Cup play, and they won’t let in a goal against South Korea.

USA vs Ghana (USA- 1-0)

  • Every single American is just assuming the US is on a collision course with Brazil in the semifinals.  What!?!?  This may be so, but it won’t be easy.  Ghana can play.  They’re fast, they can defend and they’re the only African team left.  I think the USA will pull this one out of their asses because of Ghana’s inability to score.

Germany vs England (Eng- 2-1)

  • All signs point to an England win here.  Germany is without Sweinsteiger, an intricate part in the midfield for Germany.  It was a huge sigh of relief to get out of Group, now I think England can play with a clear head and win this one.

Argentina vs Mexico (Arg- 2-1 ET)

  • These rivals square off in consecutive Round of 16’s in the World Cup.  I think Argentina wins the same route they did in 2006, in extra time.

Netherlands vs Slovakia (Ned- 3-0)

  • This could get ugly.

Brazil vs Chile (Chi- 4-3 ET)

  • I’m predicting this to be the game of the tournament.  So why am I picking Chile?  I’m an idiot!  But seriously, why am I taking Chile?  I mean, Brazil beat them handidly in 2 qualifying match.  Well there’s your reasoning.  I haven’t been as impressed with Brazil as everyone else, don’t look at the name.  Chile is playing against a South American rival while Brazil may be looking ahead a bit.  I’ll give you an example, remember when everyone was on Kansas this past year in college basketball.  Then they ran into an underrated, hungry Northern Iowa squad looking to make a statement.  Think of Chile as that underrated, hungry Northern Iowa team looking to make an impact.

Paraguay vs Japan (Jap- 1-0)

  • I really like the way Japan is playing.  Paraguay won the Group F, this year’s Group of Suck.

Spain vs Portugal (Spa- 1-0)

  • Portugal’s defense has been stellar, and you can only hold on for so long against Spain.  We won’t see another Switzerland type defensive performance again against Spain.

Quarterfinals

Netherlands vs Chile (Ned- 3-2)

  • This should be another doosey, back and forth fastbreak futbol.  Their’s something different about Holland though this year.

Uruguay vs USA (USA- 1-1 PK)

  • Yea I’m overly biased, but there’s something about the heart, passion and fight in this USA team that I completely adore. 

Argentina vs England (Arg- 1-1 PK)

  • England goes out the only way they know how.  Those dreaded penalties.

Spain vs Japan (Spa- 3-1)

  • Japan goes out with nothing to be ashamed of.

Semifinals

Netherlands vs USA (Ned- 2-0)

  • Too much Holland firepower.

Argentina vs Spain (Spa- 2-2 PK)

  • It’s a toss-up, get your quarter out.  Heads or tails?

Finals

Spain vs Netherlands (Spa- 2-1)

  • It’s the 1st World Cups in Africa.  Why not have a 1st time winner.  Your 2010 World Cup Champions, Spain!!! 

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/25 Day 15

GROUP G

BRAZIL VS PORTUGAL (0-0)

  • We got a competitive 1st half, and then the 2nd half got underway and both teams seemed to be content with a draw.  Portugal took a very defensive approach, with Ronaldo playing as the lone striker.  Brazil Coach Denga wasn’t the happiest camper.  During the game, more so in the 2nd half, Denga showed his frustrations by continually jumping up and down and stomping his feet like an angry penguin.
  • With Spain being the later game, these 2 had no idea where Spain would finish within their group.  I believe if Spain had been in the earlier game, we would’ve had a good one on our hands.  There would’ve been more attacking futbol from these two teams.  Obviously, in a round of 16 game, you don’t want to draw Spain.
  • Portugal’s defense continues to play well, but their offense seems to lack creativity.  I’m sorry, I’m not counting the North Korea game.  If I remember correctly, I believe Portugal had 3 consecutive 0-0 draws during qualifying.  The offense runs through Ronaldo, and everyone seems to just stand around.  Some of that is on Ronaldo.  Too often, he tries to do too much and be the hero.  There’s only one superhero in all of sports, and that’s Dwight Howard.
  • There were essentially only 3 scoring chances in this game altogether.  Nilmar hit a post, Fabiano misjudged a header and Meireles couldn’t finish a Ronaldo cross.
  • Lucio did a great job on Ronaldo today.
  • Kaka and Robinho did not play for Brazil.  Kaka missed the game because of a red card from the Ivory Coast game, and Robinho was given the day off.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil won its 8th consecutive group in the World Cup
  • Men of the Match
  • Brazil- Lucio
  • Portugal- Raul Meireles
  • GAME RATING- 3/4*

Brazil's Lucio, left, heads the ball past Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, during the World Cup group G soccer match between  Portugal and Brazil at the stadium in Durban, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

(Lucio)

IVORY COAST VS NORTH KOREA (IVC- 3-0)

  • Ivory Coast had an insurmountable task on their hands.  Not only did they need a win, they needed a 10-0 shellackin.  Plus, Portugal had to lose.
  • The elephants gave it all they had.  They took 28 total shots, 15 on goal, but could only muster 3 goals.  Realistically, they should of had more.
  • In my opinion the order of games killed Ivory Coast.  The way Brazil played today, there’s no reason why Ivory Coast couldn’t get a draw today.  Plus, North Korea rode a huge wave of confidence after their performance against Brazil.  That hurt North Korea as they tried to push up more and got blasted.  This lead to the goal differential disadvantage for Ivory Coast.  But hey, that’s why they call it luck of the draw.
  • Quick Facts- North Korea finished with a -12 goal differential.  Hopefully the players are allowed back in the country
  • Men of the Match
  • Ivory Coast- Arthur Boka
  • North Korea- Jong Tae-Se
  • GAME RATING- 3/4*

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba gestures to supporters at the end of the World Cup group G soccer match between North Korea and Ivory Coast at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Friday, June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Drogba salutes the fans)

FINAL GROUP G STANDINGS

  1. Brazil (7 pts)
  2. Portugal (5 pts)
  3. Ivory Coast (4 pts)
  4. North Korea (0 pts)

GROUP H

SPAIN VS CHILE (Spa- 2-1)

  • Here’s a little snippet to why Spain is so freakin dirty.  They get overwhelmingly outplayed the 1st 37 minutes, but somehow hold a 2-0 lead.  This shows how creative and dangerous the offense can strike. 
  • Both goals were beauties.  After the Chile GK came out too far, David Villa guided and curled it into an open net from 45 yards away with the left, his opposite foot for the 1st goal.  The 2nd goal by Iniesta showed some more finesse as he cleverly guided it inside the right post.
  • I don’t know who the official’s name was, but he was on his period today.  Talk to the card!  He single-handidly almost cost Chile a spot in the knockout round.  His call to give a 2nd yellow card to Chile’s Estrada was horrendous.  Spain’s Fernando Torres flopped like a dead fish.
  • I found it funny that Chile still attacked with a vengeance even with 10 men.  They went with the old reliable 3-3-3 formation.  They succeeded getting an important goal, according to the goal differential, by Millar in the 47th minute.
  • Quick Facts- Chile became the 1st South American team to lost in the World Cup.  They finished group play 10-1-4.
  • Men of the Match
  • Spain- David Villa
  • Chile- Alexis Sanchez
  • GAME RATING- 1 3/4*

Spain's Fernando Torres, center, jumps over Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, left, as his shot is deflected, setting up a goal by Spain's David Villa, not visible, during the World Cup group H soccer match between Chile and Spain at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(I’m going to start calling Torres the feminine flamingo)

SWITZERLAND VS HONDURAS (0-0)

  • I remember getting into a debate yesterday with a friend over this game.  He basically said, Chile was screwed because he believed Switzerland would win 2-0,3-0.  I then replied, you know you can’t counter-attack a team that doesn’t attack.
  • Here’s the jist of what happened.  Switzerland really only knows one brand of futbol.  Defend with their 4-4-2, and attack on the counter.  Today, Switzerland had to change to an attacking mindset and failed.  They don’t know how to pursue and break down a defense. 
  • Against Chile and Spain, Switzerland was able to play their game.  Sit back, defend and counter.  Honduras isn’t an attacking team.
  • Why I watched this game?  I’m a moron.  I would have been better off watching a cat chase a laser pointer on the wall for 2 hours.  Cats are so dumb and awesome at the same time!
  • Quick Facts- Honduras has not won a World Cup game in their last 8 matches.  They’ve been shut-out in 7 of those 8 matches.
  • Men of the Match
  • Switzerland- Gokhan Inler
  • Honduras- Wilson Palacios
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

From left, Switzerland's Eren Derdiyok, Hakan Yakin and Xherdan Shaqiri sit on the pitch after the World Cup group H soccer match between Switzerland and Honduras in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)

(What could have been)

FINAL GROUP H STANDINGS

  1. Spain (6 pts)
  2. Chile (6 pts)
  3. Switzerland (4 pts)
  4. Honduras (1 pt)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) Uruguay vs South Korea
  • (2:30 est) USA vs Ghana

 

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/24 Day 14

GROUP F

ITALY VS SLOVAKIA (Slo- 3-2)

  • Italy!  This is what happens when you just waddle along until the last 10 minutes of your World Cup when Pirlo comes in.  You do have to credit Slovakia, who haven’t looked great themselves.  Slovakia went out and took this thing.  They simply wanted it more!
  • Federico Marchetti looked awful in goal for the injured Buffon.  I believe Italy fell asleep for 2/3 goals, but still, he let in some softies.  Slovakia had just 4 shots on goal, 3 went in.
  • Robert Vittek played magnificently for Slovakia.  He seemed to win every ball. Oh, and he scored the 1st 2 goals for Slovakia.  He simply took Italy’s center-backs to school.
  • Italy was more clueless than Alicia Silverstone in the midfield.  The trio sent out just didn’t seem to click.  There was no creativity whatsoever to set up shot attempts.
  • Lippi did so much tactically right in 2006 to win the World Cup.  This year he relied too much on his old pony’s, and it completely backfired.
  • Gattuso finally got to play for Italy.  He looks like a gremlin.   
  • Quick Facts- For the 1st time ever, the two previous teams to meet for the World Cup Final did not make it out of group play.  In fact, they both finished last in their group.
  • Men of the Match
  • Slovakia- Robert Vittek
  • Italy- Andrea Pirlo
  • GAME RATING- 3 1/2*

Italy's Fabio Cannavaro reacts at the end of the World Cup group F soccer match between Slovakia and Italy at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Thursday, June 24, 2010. Slovakia won 3-2.  (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

(The star of 2006 is out in 2010)

PARAGUAY VS NEW ZEALAND (0-0)

  • YAWN! YAWN! YAWN!
  • Quick Facts- New Zealand did not have 1 shot on goal.
  • Men of the Match
  • Paraguay- Denis Caniza
  • New Zealand- Ryan Nelsen
  • GAME RATING- 1/4*

New Zealand's Simon Elliott reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during the World Cup group F soccer match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Thursday, June 24, 2010.  (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

(Simon Elliot reaction)

FINAL GROUP F STANDINGS

  1. Paraguay (5 pts)
  2. Slovakia (4 pts)
  3. New Zealand (3 pts)
  4. Italy (2 pts)

GROUP E

DENMARK VS JAPAN (Jap- 3-1)

  • Set-pieces are like gold in the game of futbol.  They are so, so vital.  2 of the 3 goals for Japan today came on set-pieces. 
  • The 1st came on a Honda blast, which dipped more than a Sandy Koufax curveball.  Japan’s Endo scored the 2nd on a fantastic shot which slid inside the right post.  Endo started the ball well outside the right post.
  • Japan has arrived.  This is a team that really impressed me during group play.  They can control the ball well when they have it, and clamp down and defend when they don’t.
  • Quick Facts- This is the 1st time Japan advanced to the knockout round off foreign soil.
  • Men of the Match
  • Japan- Keisuke Honda
  • Denmark- Soren Larsen
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/4*

Denmark head coach Morten Olsen gestures during the World Cup group E soccer match between Denmark and Japan at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Thursday, June 24, 2010.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Morten Olsen)

NETHERLANDS VS CAMEROON (Ned- 2-1)

  • I did not watch this one because it meant nothing towards the standings of the group.  Therefore, I will not comment on this one.

FINAL GROUP E STANDINGS

  1. Netherlands (9 pts)
  2. Japan (6 pts)
  3. Denmark (3 pts)
  4. Cameroon (0 pts)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) Ivory Coast vs North Korea
  • (10:00 est) Brazil vs Portugal
  • (2:30 est) Spain vs Chile
  • (2:30 est) Switzerland vs Honduras

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NBA Mock Draft

1. Washington- John Wall (PG) Kentucky

  • The most coveted name in this draft.  He’s been slotted at number 1 since his 1st game at Kentucky.  He’s electrifying in the open court, lightning fast.  He can defend, 1.8 spg. 
  • I question his quickness and jumpshot.  Will he be able to transition his game to a half-court league?  John Wall is fast.  Derrick Rose is quick.
  • NBA Comparison- Jason Kidd/Monta Ellis

2. Philadelphia- Evan Turner (SG) Ohio State

  • Combo guard who is a “Basketball Player.”  Smooth with the ball in his hands, can get to the basket anytime.  Extremely versatile, can play 3 different positions and completely fill out a stat sheet.
  • Draft “Experts” are saying he’s not athletic enough.  They said the same things about Brandon Roy.
  • NBA Comparison- Brandon Roy

3. New Jersey- Derrick Favors (PF) Georgia Tech

  • A pure, explosive athlete with great skill around the basket.  He has a unique blend of speed and power for his size. 
  • He needs to continue to get stronger, and improve his jumpshot.
  • NBA Comparison- Smaller Dwight Howard

4. Minnesota– Wesley Johnson (SF) Syracuse

  • I believe Minnesota will trade down, but if they stay here, Johnson is the pick.  He has great length and slippery in the land.  He can really finish by throwing it down.  He’s a good defender who uses his wingspan to perfection.
  • Well he is 23 and you have to question whether or not he has peaked.
  • NBA Comparison- Richard Jefferson

5. Sacramento– DeMarcus Cousins (C) Kentucky

  • Has size, power, and length.  A great offensive rebounder, and uses his frame to score down low.
  • There’s skepticism about his attitude.  If you don’t want to be an NBA Player there’s something wrong with you.
  • NBA Comparison- Benoit Benjamin

6. Golden State– Greg Monroe (PF) Georgetown

  • A point forward in the truest sense.  He’s definetely not your typical power forward.  A great passing power forward, and likes to drive to the basket.  With Don Nelsen’s style this is a pefect system for Monroe.
  • Sometimes at Georgetown he shyed away from the big moment.  There’s no shying away at this level.
  • NBA Comparison- Lamar Odom   

7. Detroit- Ed Davis (PF) North Carolina

  • A long, athletic lean post-man.  He has great skill with a nice up-and-under move.  A good basketball IQ and a “high-motor.”
  • Not overpowering at all.  I hope he makes it because I feel he has “Bust” written all over him.
  • NBA Comparison- Brandan Wright

8. LA Clippers- Al-Farouq Aminu (SF) Georgia Tech

  • A freak, explosive athlete who has a pair of pogo sticks for legs.  He’ll be on a couple of posters, and perhaps some NBA Dunk Contests.
  • He struggles to create for himself and shoot from the outside.
  • NBA Comparison- Shareef Abdur-Rahim  

9. Utah- Xavier Henry (SF) Kansas

  • He just seems like a perfect fit in Utah to me.  He seems like a Jerry Sloan players.  Henry is coachable and his game is based on his fantastic fundamentals.  Knows how to defend and rebound using his wingspan.  Silky smooth shooting stroke.  His body is already NBA ready.
  • He’s a nice athlethe, but he’s not an elite athlete.
  • NBA Comparison- Jalen Rose

10. Indiana- Gordon Hayward (SG/SF) Butler

  • For a team struggling with ticket sales, this would be a nice match.  Hayward is the golden boy of Indiana basketball right now, even if he plays for Butler.  Plus, Indiana loves drafting white guys.  An outstanding shooter with nice touch.
  • With any white player, does he have enough athleticism to flourish in the NBA.
  • NBA Comparison- Mike Dunleavy Jr.

11. New Orleans– Paul George (SF) Fresno State

  • A great athlete who likes to run the floor.  He would be a nice asset in transition if Chris Paul does indeed stay in New Orleans.  A solid defender as well.
  • I question how a guy on a .500 team in the WAC can be rising up the draft boards.
  • NBA Comparison- Shawn Marion 

12. Memphis– Ekpe Udoh (PF) Baylor

  • The best shot-blocker in this draft.  He has great timing in his jump to block shots using his long wingspan.
  • An offensive liability.
  • NBA Comparison- Ben Wallace

13. Toronto– Eric Bledsoe (PG) Kentucky

  • I always felt this kid got lost in the shuffle at Kentucky.  He played the 2, although he is a true point guard.  He has a quick first step to go along with a solid jumpshot.  Great defender who can lock-down an oppossing.  My sleeper of this draft.
  • He does turn the ball over, and I question his decision making at times.  This is where good coaching comes into play.
  • NBA Comparison- Aaron Brooks 

14. Houston- Cole Aldrich (PF/C) Kansas

  • Houston is screaming for a precense in the post that can defend, especially if Yao Ming struggles coming back from his foot injury.  Aldrich is a fundamental player who uses his positioning and wingspan to defend and block shots.
  • Not exactly an explosive athlete, and possesses one of the ugliest shooting strokes I’ve ever seen.
  • NBA Comparison- Andres Biedrins

15. Milwaukee- Luke Babbit (SF) Nevada

16. Minnesota- Devin Ebanks (SF) West Virginia

17. Chicago- James Anderson (SG) Oklahoma State

18. Oklahoma City- Patrick Patterson (PF) Kentucky

19. Boston- Jordan Crawford (SG) Xavier

20. San Antonio- Avery Bradley (SG) Texas

21. Oklahoma City- Hassan Whiteside (C) Marshall

22. Portland- Tibor Pleiss (C) Germany

23. Minnesota- Dominique Jones (SG) South Florida

24. Atlanta- Quincy Pondexter (SG) Washington

25. Memphis- Larry Sanders (PF) VCU

26. Oklahoma City- Stanley Robinson (SF) Connecticut

27. New Jersey- Daniel Orton (PF) Kentucky

28. Memphis- Damion James (SF) Texas

29. Orlando- Craig Brackins (PF) Iowa State

30. Washington- Greivis Vasquez (SG) Maryland

5 Busts

  1. Ed Davis
  2. Gordon Hayward
  3. Daniel Orton
  4. Luke Babbit
  5. Wesley Johnson

5 Sleepers

  1. Xavier Henry
  2. Eric Bledsoe
  3. Jordan Crawford
  4. James Anderson
  5. Avery Bradley

2nd Round Sleepers

  1. Willie Warren
  2. Darrington Hobson
  3. Jarvis Varnado
  4. Trevor Booker
  5. Sherron Collins