Brady Hawk: Bam Adebayo from Tokyo: “I talk to Jrue (Holiday) mainly from a defensive standpoint. Just how he gets steals, his instincts off-ball.” Also mentions “getting a chemistry with Dame” (Lillard): “I play center, he plays point guard, so we gotta build a connection in the PnR.”
Two different emerging stories after Spain claims the win, 81-71, against Argentina on Thursday. Ricky Rubio after recovering from an early injury punched in a team-high 26 points, also a personal-best in FIBA competitions. He was coming off 22 points in the opener. He made 8/13 field goals, including 5/6 threes in his second appearance in Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena. The team led by Sergio Scariolo fought its way out of a nine-point hole and remained in charge for most of the Group C fixture of the Olympic Games basketball tournament.
Luka Doncic and Zoran Dragic did their part to help the Slovenian selection grab its second-ever Olympic victory with a 116-81 showdown against Japan on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. With two wins in this group, the selection cannot finish lower than third, and even if so happens, they would still be better than the third-place team from Group A (USA or Czech Republic. Doncic, who entered the court coming from a 48-point debut on Tuesday, had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in this victory, while Dragic added 24 points on 10-13 FG and 4 rebounds. Vlatko Cancar left the court with 16 points, Klemen Prepelic added 12, Jaka Blazic had 10, as all 12 players scored for coach Aleksander Sekulic.
Jorge Sierra: We’re only two games in, but as of now Slovenia has the best scoring average in Olympic Games history outside of the 1992 Dream Team. 1992 USA: 117.2 ppg. 2021 Slovenia: 117.0 ppg. 2012 USA: 115.5 ppg.