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  • 23 Jul
    导出博客文章No. 25 Florida State and Illinois came to New York with hopes of continuing hot
    starts and winning the NIT Season Tip-Off.Those hopes came crashing down in a
    pair of brutal Thanksgiving Day defeats on Thursday.Now the Seminoles and Illini
    will meet Friday in the third-place game of the Tip-Off at the Barclays Center
    in Brooklyn, N.Y.In the case of the Seminoles (4-1), they blew an 18-point
    second-half lead against Temple. Florida State then lost in the final seconds
    after forward Jonathan Isaac missed a wide open layup that would put them ahead
    by a point and likely sealed the win.The Seminoles were last ranked at the
    beginning of the 2012-13 season and when the new rankings are released Monday,
    they will likely be unranked.The Seminoles had been averaging 96.7 points a game
    before Thursdays 89-86 loss, and they looked well on their way to another big
    outing after jumping out to a 41-31 lead at the break.We did a lot of nice
    things, Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said after the loss. We just
    didnt do enough.Hamilton was pleased that leading scorers Dwayne Bacon, who led
    the Seminoles on Thursday with 22 points, and Isaac (19 points) both continue to
    flourish offensively in the early part of the season, but the defensive
    intensity has to improve.When we play teams that shoot the ball well, we have to
    do a much better job defensively, said Hamilton of Temples 55 percent shooting.
    But one game doesnt define a season. It means you got a lot of stuff to work
    on.Illinois second consecutive loss, meanwhile, was an entirely different kind
    of bad.The Illini (4-2) fell behind 48-29 at halftime, and -- rather than make a
    push to get back in the game -- fell apart and trailed by as many as 39 points
    in the second half.Illinois coach John Groce called the loss embarrassing, but
    he was more displeased with how his team handled West Virginias smothering
    press, which has earned the Mountaineers defense the nickname Press
    Virginia.Illinois turned the ball over a staggering 24 times in the blowout
    loss, and Michael Finke (13 points) was the only starter in double figures.
    Leading scorer Malcolm Hill was held to seven points on 2-of-8 shooting and in
    the last two games, he is shooting 6-of-25.Our coaches have been working on this
    press since August, running six-on-five and even some seven-on-five drills, and
    we did it because we knew we were playing them, Groce said. We were good in
    practice but in real-time speed it was a lot different.Florida State and
    Illinois will now try to shake those defeats Friday in hopes of carrying
    momentum into a big week of more tests for both programs.Florida State returns
    to Tallahassee on Monday to face Minnesota in the kickoff of ACC/Big Ten
    Challenge, while the Illini will face ACC foe North Carolina State on Tuesday,
    followed by a date with mid-major power VCU on Saturday.
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    more, no less. SAN ANTONIO -- Life without Tim Duncan has officially begun for
    the San Antonio Spurs, even if they arent quite ready to accept it.For the first
    time since Bill Clinton was in the White House and Men In Black was a box office
    hit, the Spurs will open training camp without Duncan.During the teams annual
    media day Monday, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich joked that Duncan is being
    fined daily -- $2,500 a day, every day that he does not show up.I wasnt here
    with him that long so its not as dramatic for me as it will be for everybody
    else, but it definitely feels like he should walk in any moment but he hasnt
    yet, Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said.Duncan retired in July after 19
    seasons as arguably the greatest power forward of all time. A two-time MVP,
    Duncan led San Antonio to five NBA titles and helped set a selfless, team-first
    standard that is the envy of many sports franchises.The transition from the
    Spurs reliance on the Big Three of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili began
    in earnest last season with the addition of Aldridge and the continued growth of
    Kawhi Leonard. San Antonio continued the makeover in the offseason with the
    signing of Pau Gasol, but that doesnt soften the blow of losing Duncan.I think
    its going to hit me more tomorrow when we get on the court, Parker said. Were
    definitely going to miss him. You cant replace a guy like that. Hes been the
    face of the franchise for the last two decades. Its going to be weird. Its going
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    of new faces and so its going to be a lot of teaching to do at the beginning of
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    Dejounte Murray and Davis Bertans and free agents like Gasol and David Lee.Its a
    lot of fun just to think about new bodies and new blood in the gym, Popovich
    said. Not just the players, the staff. I dont know half of the names of the new
    staff we hired in the film room, interns and management and all that kind of
    thing. A lot of people walking around, both players and staff. It will be
    exciting who comes up with what ideas, who plays well and who fits
    together.Gasol is the most critical addition. Entering his 17th season, the
    7-foot center has won two NBA championships and made his sixth All-Star
    appearance last season while with the Chicago Bulls.Stepping into Duncans place
    in the starting lineup will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.Tim
    has been so exceptional and unique, Gasol said. He is considered by most of us
    the best power forward that has ever played the game. So, Im not coming here to
    fill his shoes and the spot that he left, but Im here to make the best that I
    can to fit in as best as I can and to work with the guys that are here to win a
    title and work as hard as I can to do that. Its an opportunity, its a privilege
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    burden on Leonard and Aldridge.The All-Star forwards led San Antonio to a
    franchise-record 67 victories last season before falling to the Oklahoma City
    Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.I think everybody has to take on
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