Italy was on a mission on Sunday night. That mission was to return to the Olympics for the first time since 2004. And so they did, with nearly a blowout against tournament hosts and Rio Olympics silver medalists Serbia, as they pulled through with a 102-95 win to advance to Tokyo.
January 15, 2022 | 9:32 pm EST Update
Joe Mussatto: Derrick Favors on trade talk: “I think every year I’ve been in the league, my name’s been in trade rumors … I’m pretty much used to it. I don’t really pay attention to it. I try to control what I can control. I try to, like coach says, keep my feet grounded where I’m at.”
Eric Nehm: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer: “Giannis gets 17 free throws, but I think you could argue he could have 27 or 30 free throws. As a team, we had 35. I think you could argue we could have had 45 or 50.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse on coaching against Kyle Lowry for the first time on Monday: “I assume that he’s gonna be ready to go and he’ll be hard to handle… I would imagine he’s gonna play super hard and he’s gonna get his guys ready, and when he does that good things happen, we know that.”
January 15, 2022 | 8:38 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Nets say Kevin Durant is out for remainder of game vs. Pelicans due to left knee sprain.
Will Guillory: Kevin Durant just walked off the court after reaching down at his left knee. Walked straight to the locker room. Not sure what happened. Looked like he may have bumped knees with one of the Pels players.