migya wrote:So far my predictions are right, with Russia beating France in a close game 75-71, with Parker missing the tying freethrow near the end and Spain destroying Germany 83-55
Yep. Beat me to it. Although I don't consider Russia beating France as an upset. The Russian team has been playing really well the whole championship.
Onto the games:
Russia 75 - France 71
As migya said, Parker missed a key free throw with 5 seconds left that would have tied the game. The rebound favored the russian team and the game was over. Parker was held to "just" 15 points, and Diaw added 17 and 6 boards. Turiaf also helped with 8 and 7 boards.
For the russians, AK had a poor game for his standards (6 points and 6 boards), Khryapa had a good one (16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists) and J.R. Holden (15 points, but with big plays in key moments) led their team to the win.
Spain 83 - Germany 55
A great defensive performance by the spanish team allowed them to break the game in the second quarter (40-27 by the half). The game was over by then.
Gasol wasn't much of a factor (7 points, 5 boards), but the rest of the team played well enough, with Calderón (17 points) shining above anyone else.
For Germany, Nowitzky had another poor game, due to the stiffling defense he faced, and was held to just 11 points.