Mozgov watch: Final appearance (Russia vs. Argentina)

I did not get to see the whole game, but I did watch from about three minutes into the third quarter all the way up until Timo fouled out with 3:31 left to go in the game. It was a relatively close game (that is not even over yet, although it definitely looks like Argentina is going to pull this one out) and Mozgov most certainly left his fingerprint. Some notes:

- Timo notched 11 rebounds before finally fouling out, many of which came in the third and fourth quarters. If I counted correctly, he combined for 7 rebounds in the second half, two of which were offensive.

- He looked great on the pick and roll again, which everyone should probably get used to. He ran his usual high sock/high screen energy game and got a couple of baskets on the pick and roll.

- He finished 4-9 from the floor, notching a double-double in points and rebounds. His other two points came on free throws, which I did not see. He looked to post up more in this game than he did against the United States. On a couple of these post-ups, he looked bad. On a couple others, he looked fantastic. I saw him hit a lefty hook shot from the left block, but the most impressive move was when he froze about 12 feet from the basket and hit a turnaround jumper from about 12-14 feet out over Oberto's outstretched palm. It looked like a rainbow and splashed like a magikarp.

- Stout defense on Oberto, who shot well but rebounded very poorly. He played good, albeit a little overzealous help defense (I mean, he fouled out). He got a great block on a tough Scola spin-move and almost blocked a Carlos Delfino dunk. He got the arm and was called for his fourth foul.

- Two steals. I did not see either of them, but cool!

- He single-handedly won Russia the rebound battle. I'm serious.

 

That's all I have, gentlefolk. If anyone else has any notes, either supplementing what I have or regarding the first half, share them in the comments. If I'm judging subjectively, I might say Mozgov was the most important player for Russia when he was on the court. If I'm judging objectively, I might even agree. Later.

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