My sincere apologies for being so late with this. I overestimated how much time I would have to get this done yesterday and totally dropped the ball.
USA 156, Nigeria 73
That’s not a typo, by the way. The US just opened a super-sized can of whoop-ass on Nigeria. You can get all the gory details here.
Spain 79, Great Britain 78
What’s sad about this — aside from the fact that I’m still not sure how Spain was even in this position in the first place — is that Great Britain, after Luol Deng hit a three to cut the lead to 1 with 7 seconds left, apparently forgot to foul. Nobody fouled Spain and they dribbled out the clock. Not to say that they would have won if they had fouled, but you never know. More details can be found here.
Russia 75, Brazil 74
This was just an excellent game. Russia, down three with less than a minute left, sent Alexy Shved to the free throw line, who promptly bricked both free throws. But then Marcelihno Huertas was called for traveling and Shved proceeded to calmly drain a stepback three to tie the game. Huertas came back with a spectacular layup to give Brazil the lead, but Russia came right back with an excellent sideline out of bounds play to free up Vitaliy Fridzon in the corner, who nailed a three. Leandro Barbosa’s running three at the buzzer was no good, and Russia walked away with the win.
Russia has been really impressive in London so far. They’ve got some elite talent; Shved, Andrei Kirilenko and Timofey Mozgov were all impressive in this game. Don’t sleep on them going forward, even against the US.
Australia 81, China 61
Look, I don’t care who you are, you really shouldn’t be getting blown out by Australia. Australia won the second and fourth quarters by a combined score of 48-20. Yikes.
France 82, Lithuania 74
Don’t sleep on France. I know they probably don’t have the horses to stay with the US, or maybe even Russia or Spain, but still. They can cause trouble for the other teams. When Tony Parker puts up 27 and Nicolas Batum adds 21, as was the case in this game, they’re tough to beat.
Argentina 92, Tunisia 69
Ho hum. An elite team blew out a not all that impressive team. I’m shocked. Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 24, Carlos Delfino had 21 and Luis Scola chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. When Argentina is rolling, as they were here, they absolutely look like they can challenge for the gold.