This has to be the most exciting day in the basketball history of Istanbul, Turkey. With an exciting double-header of FIBA World Championship semifinals set to tip, the matchups should have the gym jumping all day.
Of course, the nightcap is the main matchup for the locals with Turkey taking on Serbia. But the "JV" game should be an epic appetizer with Team USA playing Lithuania. Both the U.S. team and Lithuania seem to be peaking at prime time in the tournament. Team USA did beat Lithuania in an exhibition a few weeks ago but it wasn't easy and the stakes are much higher so expect this game to be tight throughout.
If the U.S. squad prevails and faces Turkey as expected in the Finals, tomorrow will become the most exciting day in Turkish basketball history. But until then, enjoy the action today because it should be sweet.
The game tips at noon on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.com.
After the jump, a few links of interest including previews and news from the WCs along with a nice piece on Ron Artest making a real impact with middle school children.
USA-Lithuania Preview " NBA.com
John Schuhmann offers his thoughts on the upcoming semifinal.
Lithuania a Familiar Foil for Team USA
Chris Tomasson on Lithuania consistently staying among the international elite.
Team USA Notebook: Importance of Winning Gold, Rose on Carmelo
Chris Tomasson empties out his notebook from Istanbul.
2010 World Championship: USA-Lithuania preview - ESPN
Chris Sheridan previews the semis.
- John Schuhmann on Coach K getting the most out of Team USA.
Team USA faces new-look Lithuania in FIBA semifinals
Chris Mannix shares his thoughts on the U.S. team closing in on its golden goal.
Ron Artest turns out to be a mental health expert
Bill Plaschke went along with Ron Artest when he addressed a group of middle schoolers about mental health and came away quite impressed.