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Vietnamese national basketball team’s Tam Dinh continues on despite injury in battle against Saigon Heat

Vietnamese national basketball team’s Tam Dinh continues on despite injury in battle against Saigon Heat

Sunday, October 31, 2021, 16:38 GMT+7
Vietnamese national basketball team’s Tam Dinh continues on despite injury in battle against Saigon Heat
A collision between Vietnamese national basketball team’s Tam Dinh (R) and Saigon Heat’s Daquan Bracey in Game 16 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games - Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet. Photo: VBA

Star player Tam Dinh of the Vietnamese national basketball team has had a brave performance after deciding to continue playing despite his shoulder injury in an intense game against VBA reigning champion Saigon Heat.

Having lost two previous games, the national team was determined to win in Game 16 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games - Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet despite going against last season’s champion.

Star player injured

Saigon Heat’s Daquan Bracey posed a lot of difficulties for the national team with his bold and unpredictable play style.

Tam Dinh lies on the floor after landing on his left shoulder. Photo: VBA

Tam Dinh lies on the floor after landing on his left shoulder. Photo: VBA

In one successful attempt to block Bracey’s attack, Tam Dinh of the national team had to pay a costly price after landing on his left shoulder.

The wound left the star player on the floor for a moment before being brought out of the court.

Huyen Nguyen, Tam’s girlfriend, could not hide her concern as she sat among the attendees.

Huyen was only able to take a breath of relief when her boyfriend was able to get up and joined other substitute players.

Following a check-up, Tam decided to endure the pain and got back to the court in the third quarter. However, an injured shoulder prevented him from scoring any point.

Huyen Nguyen – Tam Dinh’s girlfriend – worries as she sits in the audience. Photo: VBA

Huyen Nguyen – Tam Dinh’s girlfriend – worries as she sits among the fans. Photo: VBA

Training opportunity

In the final quarter, the national team had a chance to narrow the gap to only four points, but the moment did not last long due to the unstoppable attacks from the VBA champion.

The national team’s coach Kevin Yurkus decided to stop going all in and treated the remaining time of the game as an opportunity to train his protégés.

Yurkus pulled his main squad out of the court and let the substitutes sharpen their skills.

This was considered a wise decision as the national team still has to focus on their performance in the upcoming 2021 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31).

In addition, the team may have to utilize its substitute players in the remaining games of the season due to the injury of Tam Dinh and the absence of Khoa Tran – another important member of the squad.

National basketball team suffers losing streak

Saigon Heat’s Daquan Bracey (R). Photo: VBA

Saigon Heat’s Daquan Bracey (R). Photo: VBA

The Vietnamese national basketball team lost its third game in a row after being defeated by Saigon Heat in Game 16 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games - Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet.

The national team managed to show a good performance despite the injury of Tam Dinh – one of the main scorers.

Daquan Bracey of Saigon Heat was named MVP with 34 points, 12 assists, and three steals.

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