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Bulls' Pau Gasol leads Spain to gold, named MVP of EuroBasket

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Bulls' Pau Gasol leads Spain to gold, named MVP of EuroBasket

For the third time in the last four tournaments, Spain captured gold in the European basketball championship, and Pau Gasol was named MVP of the competition.

Gasol registered 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots in Spain's 80-63 win over Lithuania on Sunday.

He also led the tournament in scoring for the third time in his career with an average of 25.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds in nine games while shooting 57.5 percent from the field.

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"It's of special significance to play this well at this stage of my career after all I've accomplished," the 35-year-old Bulls power forward said after the game. "It is something I will remember until the end of my life."

It's the second time Gasol has earned MVP of EuroBasket, his first coming in 2009.

Nikola Mirotic participated for the first time this year, averaging 12.7 points in the tournament.

He also contributed with eight points in Sunday's championship game.

 

 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

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NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.

NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder. 

If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.

With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.

You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.