Brazil had three wins by 20+ points until the final game, where the German national team got the 75-64 triumph and the ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after a real dogfight. Moritz Wagner with 28 points on 9/12 FG led the charge for the winning side, getting help from Robin Benzing (13 p.), Maodo Lo (10 p.), and Johannes Voightmann (8 p. 11 r.). The Germans did it without having available Lakers guard Dennis Schroder for the qualifiers.
NBA TV viewership dropped significantly in the U.S. during its playoffs — finals ratings were down 49% year-over-year — but the league’s continued investment in international markets helped buoy its popularity. The Philippines drew the largest viewership of any international market for the NBA, averaging 1.3 million viewers through the playoffs and 4.1 million viewers during the finals. NBA awareness in the Philippines is nearly 98% and there are 2 million participants in the country’s Jr. NBA program. Typically, China is the league’s biggest market outside the U.S. As a result of ongoing disputes with the country, NBA games were not on China’s state-run TV network CCTV until Game 5 of the finals. CCTV drew an estimated 25 million viewers per game for the 2019 NBA Finals. Top 5 International NBA League Pass Markets: Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Spain.
NBB: After 4 @NBA years of experience, Lucas Bebê returns to Brazil to play for @Fortaleza Basquete Cearense next season.
The pass was swatted away, Antetokounmpo fouled out and the Greeks eventually lost 79-76. The man who swatted that alley-oop away and looked over Antetokounmpo as his team’s hopes slipped away that day? That’s right: Bruno Caboclo. After the Bucks’ 127-114 win in Memphis on Friday night, Antetokounmpo recalled a conversation he had with former Kings forward and Greek teammate Georgios Papagiannis after that September game. “Oh, yeah. I marked this game,” Antetokounmpo said. “When we lost to Brazil, (Papagiannis) told me he’s playing for Memphis. And I was like, ‘OK, cool. Watch the game.’”
Joe Vardon: Greece beats the Czech Republic, which guarantees the Americans a spot in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinal. However, due to tie breaker rules, the Czechs are in good position to make it, too. Just need a win by USA over Brazil