Russia, a mighty bear in hibernation

Originally Published: September 8, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- There was, unexpectedly, a little fight in the dog. In a summer wrecked by infighting, by politics and by an exodus of many of its key performers, there was a fear that just 12 months removed from claiming the bronze medal at the Olympic Games, Russia would come to EuroBasket in Slovenia and complete its act of self-combustion.

And so it has proved. Even though the Russians pushed Finland to double overtime Sunday, they succumbed 86-83. "We fought until the end, but ...

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