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.
Dylan Hernandez: Japan’s basketball team upset Rudy Gobert and France in something called the SoftBank Cup. Rui Hachimura with 19 points in 29 minutes for Japan, which will share a first-round group at the Olympics with Spain, Slovenia and Argentina.
Kerith Burke: No spectators in Tokyo for the Olympics, so NBC and the USOC are welcoming athletes’ friends and family members to a resort in Orlando for watch parties. That’s where I’ll be reporting during the Games! apnews.com/article/sports…
The Hachimura cover is only available for the standard edition Japan, where Hachimura has a bigger following than here in the nation’s capital. He is already going to be one of Japan’s highest-profile athletes in the Olympics, and after a decent sophomore season in Washington, I’m happy that he will be on the cover of the game. at least in Japan.
“I left my job and took one that had more flexibility for taking days off during the Olympic Games,” Nakamura said. “We’re all frustrated with COVID-19. Japan was slow to start vaccinating people… “I was sad because I’ve been looking forward to the Games for almost two years since I got tickets. After that I needed to give up many things due to COVID-19 but I’ve been patient and staying safe hoping for this opportunity.” Nakamura and other ticket holders will be receiving a full refund, according to the International Olympic Committee.