During Argentina’s rugged 90-82 win against Croatia on Tuesday night Manu Ginobili’s veteran influence was in full view both on and off the hardwood. The eldest baller at these Olympic games notched 13 points in 19 minutes, serving as a closer for his South American squad. When he wasn’t on the floor, Ginobili echoed Argentina’s head coach Sergio Hernández during timeouts, reinforcing offensive and defensive strategies in his native tongue.
Foto oficial de la Selección antes del debut. Todo listo en Río! 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/uyoqWBQnyQ— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 5, 2016
The surprise of the tournament thus far has been Patty Mills and the Boomers who nearly upset Team USA on Wednesday. Mills is once again leading all scorers at the Olympics with a scorching 26 points per game, to pace Australia’s fluid offense. With four NBA champions on their roster, including former Spur Aron Baynes, the Boomers look primed to take home a medal for the first time in their nation’s hoops history.
this guy is averaging 26 points a game in Rio 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/FfGU8VlLPy— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 11, 2016
Coming into these games, Tony Parker and Les Bleus were general regarded as the best candidate to challenge Team USA. After an opening loss to Australia, the French squad responded with two straight victories. Former Spur Nando De Colo is leading Les Bleus in scoring, with Parker a close second. France’s NBA contingent must elevate its collective game to have any kind of shot against the awakened Americans on Sunday afternoon.
Well this isn't something you see everyday... pic.twitter.com/pHyJO1vqdo— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 6, 2016
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