Here I sit in beautiful US Airways Arena, ready to get underway. A few notes before we get started. Remember, since the kind folks at the various media outlets around the world forgot there was a basketball game tonight, I’ll be posting updates on Twitter at Euro_Adventures. Click here to follow, or you can follow it here on the site on the upper left hand corner underneath the pretty blue bird. Now, to the game:
- Serbia got off to a great start before the clock even started with a lovely performance by the children to the right. Don’t know what the dance is called, but I’m a fan.
- 2-time MVP Steve Nash will not be playing due to a chest cold
- 0-time MVP (and twin brother of the Nets’ Brook) Robin Lopez will not play with a broken metatarsal in his left foot, and everybody knows that’s the worst metatarsal to break.
- ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is sitting to my right. Pretty cool. Not important, but pretty cool.
- The three replacement referees are JT Orr, Brian Shelley, Riel Banaria. No word yet on if they’ve ever refereed/ever seen a basketball game.
- Partizan starting lineup: Aleksander Rasic, Dusan Kecman, Zarko Rakocevic, Jan Vesely, Aleksander Maric
- Suns starting lineup: Goran Dragic, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire, Channing Frye
Let’s get it on.