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Bad News For Barnes This Olympics

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Looks like the Golden State Warriors aren’t the only superteam not giving swingman Harrison Barnes anytime under the sun.

Now the new Dallas Mavericks player isn’t just watching this years biggest Free Agent, Kevin Durant go for O’Brien’s gold in California with former teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, without him. He’s got a front row seat to it in Rio too.

From the bench!

Barnes has barely being getting any burn in Brazil. So much so that it’s hard to find a stock photo of the point player in Team USA uniform, unless it’s a warm up. There’s no shortages of tweets about the substitute on social media however. As Twitter trolls have taken him to task. Some calling him a “human victory cigar”, other memes portraying him as the man with the easiest job to get to gold…and the U.S. haven’t even taken to the podium yet.

1992 Barcelona Olympics, Dream Team member Christian Laettner knows his pain…and the hate.

But as America head into the Gold Medal Game finale against Serbia today maybe it’s time they used their silver lining. Because remember just like the women’s national basketball team that yesterday hit gold against Spain this is a dream squad, 1 through 12. Just because the Dubs club didn’t leave much room to afford Harrison doesn’t mean that Coach K’s country should follow suit, leaving him in the equivalent of a tie courtside. Cheerleading from the sidelines like Los Angeles Laker and Spain’s ageing star Jose Calderon in the semis. The clock on his signature speedometor ticking towards father time.

Don’t listen to the Twitter trolls, they know nothing but how to make themselves feel better, by putting someone else down. They’ll look for anyone they can make feel worthless, even if it is someone that has just inked a multiple year, multi-million dollar contract. Now how’s that for a tag!?

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Harrison Barnes is still an incredibly talented, superstar calibre player at an elite level, who can fill it up from all over the floor just like the Toronto Raptor that is leaving his P.T. extinct, DeMar DeRozan.

Racking up three DNP-CD’s (with averages and point minutes that no one seems bothered to log…and who are we to add insult to injury like time on court?) instead of throwing up threes, this guy may as well take in the sights from downtown Rio de Janeiro. But look from the ocean and you can see that this brother can still make it splash…even if he’s no longer on that side of the Pacific.

Canning just garbage time in these Olympic Games. Barnes seems to be in the dog house like Matt. But he’ll get the bone again. Besides everyone-including us-was letting his former Warrior teammate Klay Thompson hear it for his own slump, until he shot all that down. This young 24 year old buck may just have his time and place off the pine tonight. And if not he could join Dirk in downtown Dallas and exact revenge with his sharp-shooting set of skills. As Barnes will become the Winter Soldier this November for the Mavs, killing everything in site.

Then everyone on Twitter will have nothing to say no matter how much character they think they have.

Regardless, even if no one sees him as a Warrior anymore this Maverick is still about to be in a golden state.

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Canada Look To Take Gold In The Gold Coast Commenwealth After Buzzer Beating New Zealand

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Canuck Touch This

“Hotter than July” like a Stevie album may be the forever forecast in the Gold Coast of Australia right now, but after icing the semi-finals of the 2018 Commenwealth Games like birthday cakes, Canada look to bring a cold front down under. So we hope you brought your big coats from earlier this years Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. Because you’ll need them. Its time to zip and wrap it all up.

Beating the Aussie neighbouring New Zealand 88-86 at the buzzer last night, even the fear striking pre-game ritual of the haka in all it’s glory couldn’t stop the Canucks (like the hack-a-Shaq on them rare nights when the diesel was all fuelled up from the free-throw line). Because Mamadou Gueye had the sauce and the dressing, as he threw up the prayer off the glass and the basketball Gods banked an answer. His shot may have looked like one of 10 year veteran turned Laker, Andre Ingram, but it was the right pitch and strike like ‘Dre throwing the first one at Dodger Stadium the same night last. No foul ball or referee call. Far flung like a hot potato with seconds to spare in the games oven. Despite throwing it over the coat cloaked defender from way behind the line with his outstetched and contured body looking like Gueye was kick hip-checked, it was all cash off the glass as he stunted the Tall Blacks for a whole continent declaring, “We The North” like the 6.

It hasn’t been this nasty since Nash saw red maple and white, flying the flag. Captain Canada we salute you!

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Making up for the Canadian womens national team, semi-final upset to number 21 world ranked Great Britain, 65-53 behind 20 from G.B.’s Rachael Vanderwal. Canada overcame a NZ off the ropes rally from 21 down and brought the knockout punch in a game that could have all gone due south like that dog Diefenbaker against the Kiwis. Now all that stands in the way of gold in the Gold Coast is host nation Australia, who sucker-beat previously unbeaten Scotland (who now take on New Jealand for the bronze podium position) 103-46, behind 17 from star Jesse Wagstaff. Not to mention the country who thrased Canada by 40 points in the pools. No shallow feat staring in the upset waters of what could be defeat.

But revenge is always a dish best served cold. No matter how long the games been on the grill.

Time to lower the boom.

Here it comes…

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Three-point barrage helps Canada route Bahamas 113-67 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Brady Heslip Three Pointer Canada Routes Bahamas FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Team Canada picked up a convincing 113-67 win over Bahamas to improve to 3-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers zone. Behind a three-point barrage and unselfish play the Canadians reached the century mark for the second straight game and secured a berth in the second-round of the qualifying tournament.

Brady Heslip once again led Canada in the scoring column with a game-high 19 points, on 5-of-9 shooting from the outside in just 24 minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native drilled three triples in the opening quarter to help ignite the Canadian offense that saw a total of six players hitting double figures all Canadians scoring at least 3 points. Melvin Ejim added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Thomas Scrubb continued to show his versatility with 10 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists while Kyle Landry contributed well with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Melvin Ejim Three Point Barrage Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Melvin Ejim Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Canada buried a total of 16 three-pointers on 34 attempts (44%),  dished out 26 assists and pounded the glass, beating the Bahamas 47-31.

Through four qualification games Canada is averaging 100 points per game while shooting 515 from the floor and 39% from threes. Brady Heslip currently ranks fifth in scoring with 18 points per game and leads everybody with 20 made triples.

The Road to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup continues for Canada as they will return back home for the third and final window of the first-round of qualification process.  The Canadians will look to avenge their only of of the competition when they to face Group D leaders and undefeated Dominican Republic (4-0) in Toronto on Friday, June 29 and the Virgin Islands (1-3) in the Nations Capital of Ottawa on  Monday, July 2nd 2018

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The top three teams in the four Americas Zone qualifiers groups advance to round 2 with the top 7 from the second-round advancing the 2019 World Cup in China.

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Canada blasts US Virgin Islands FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Canada Basketball Blasts Virgin Islands Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Led by a trio of veterans Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) blasted the Virgin Islands 118-89 in  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Veteran Canadian forward and former Iowa State Cyclones standout Melvin Ejim returned to the Canadian National lineup for the first time since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament and poured in a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds the 29 point route. Sharpshooter Brady Heslip continued his stellar play for Canada in Qualifying phase by adding 22 points including 5 rebound and 5 assists. Anthony Bennett also had a solid outing with 13 points on 5 rebounds.

The 118 points scored marks the most points scored by a Canada’s Senior men team since the Canadians hung a 112-92 victory over Puerto Rico in 2015.

With the win Canada avenges an embarrassing 83-71 to the Virgin Islands less than 12 months ago at the FIBA AmeriCup and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is another road test against the Bahamas (0-3).

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