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Today in NBA History – Aug 26

2004 – Stephon Marbury scores 31 points in a game against Spain at the Athens Olympics.  At the time, Marbury’s 31 points was a Team USA Olympic-record, this was passed by Carmelo Anthony’s 37 points against Nigeria in 2012 at the London Olympics.

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Olympic Results – August 8 / Olympics Day 11

here were my predictions and the actual result for August 8 / Olympics Day 11:

Brazil (4-1) vs Argentina (3-2) – Prediction: Brazil by 5 – ACTUAL RESULT: Argentina by 5

  • Argentina had a relentless attack with 5 players scoring in double digits.
  • Despite Brazil attempting more field goals, Argentina made it to the foul line more often and converted a higher percentage of both (Argentina 47% FG to Brazil 43% FG + Argentina 68% FT to Brazil 50% FT).

United States (5-0) vs Australia (3-2) – Prediction: USA by 25 – ACTUAL RESULT: USA by 33

  • The Americans had 6 players in double figures lead by Kobe Bryant’s 20 points (all coming in the second half).
  • LeBron James had a nice all-round game with a triple double of 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.  Kevin Love was the only other player in the game to have a double double (10 points, 11 rebounds).
  • Patty Mills from Australia lead all scorers with 26 points on 45% shooting from the field and 44% from downtown.

France (4-1) vs Spain (3-2) – Prediction: France by 10 – ACTUAL RESULT: Spain by 7

  • Spain held France to a poor shooting night – France were 34% from the field.  Spain were also +7 in rebounding and attempted 17 more free throws than France.

Russia (4-1) vs Lithuania (2-3) – Prediction: Russia by 10 – ACTUAL RESULT: Russia by 9

  •  Russia worked the ball inside – scoring 42 of their 83 points in the paint.  Russia shot better inside the 3 point line – 51% compared to 35% by the Lithuanian’s. They also took advantage of Lithuania’s mistakes – scoring 16 points off turnovers.

Following the results of these games, we now know the match ups for the next round:

Argentina v United States while Spain v Russia.  The winner of both games will play off for the Gold Medal

Olympic Basketball Elimination Brackets

So, we are down to the elimination bracket games.  The match ups have been announced and it looks like every game will be very interesting.  Below are the match ups and my predictions.

 

Brazil (4-1) vs Argentina (3-2) – Prediction: Brazil by 5

United States (5-0) vs Australia (3-2) – Prediction: USA by 25

 

France (4-1) vs Spain (3-2) – Prediction: France by 10

Russia (4-1) vs Lithuania (2-3) – Prediction: Russia by 10

 

The winner of Brazil/Argentina will play against the winner of USA/Australia in the following round, as will France/Spain play Russia/Lithuania.

Olympic Results – August 6 / Olympics Day 9

So here were my predictions and the actual result for August 6 / Olympics Day 9:

Group A

  • France vs Nigeria – France by 15-20 points – ACTUAL RESULT – France by 6
  • Argentina vs USA – USA by 20-30 points – ACTUAL RESULT – USA by 29

Group B

  • Great Britain vs China – Britain by 10 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Great Britain by 32
  • Spain vs Brazil – Spain by 5-10 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Brazil by 6

Game 3 Recap – USA defeats Nigeria 156–73

August 2 / Day 5 of the 2012 London Olympics.

The obvious storyline from this game was Carmelo Anthony shooting 10 of 12 three pointers in FOURTEEN minutes of court time.  Not to mention the list of Olympic Records and US Olympic Records that were shattered in this game.  Here is a list of those records:

  • OLYMPIC RECORDS BROKEN:
    • Points scored in one game – 156 (previously 138 by Brazil in 1988 against Egypt)
    • Points scored in the first half – 78 points
    • Margin of Victory – 83 (previously 79 by USA in 1992 against Cuba)
  • US Olympic Records Broken:
    • Points scored by one player – 37 by Carmelo Anthony (previously Stephon Marbury with 31 against Spain in 2004)
    • 3 Pointers made – 26
    • Field Goals made – 59
    • Field Goal percentage – 71%

Again, the Americans had a high volume of made shots coming off an assist – 59 baskets on 41 assists for a 69% assist to field goal ratio.  There’s not much more to say after a game like this, but here is what Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski:

Carmelo – “It’s a great accomplishment to get that record.  We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have came on any team.” “It was just one of them nights where as a unit we had it going.  It could have been anybody out on the court playing against us.”

Kobe – “When we get hot, it’s a big problem.  So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”

Coach K – “Well, obviously, we just shot better than any team in a game that I have ever coached. Our guys just couldn’t miss tonight, and they shared the ball. We had 41 assists. When you hit 29 threes, it’s very difficult to lose in a game like that.”

Olympic Results – August 4 / Day 7

How my predictions from the other day actually played out – August 4 / Olympics Day 7:

Group A

  • Tunisia vs France – France by 10-15 points – ACTUAL RESULT – France by 4
  • Lithuania vs USA – USA by 35-40 points – ACTUAL RESULT -USA by 5
  • Nigeria vs Argentina – Argentina by 15-20 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Argentina by 14

Group B

  • Russia vs Spain – Spain by 5-10 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Russia by 3
  • China vs Brazil – Brazil by 15-20 points – ACTUAL RESULT -Brazil by 39
  • Great Britain vs Australia – Australia by 15 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Australia by 31

 

UPDATED PREDICTIONS FOR August 6 / Olympics Day 9:

Group A

  • Tunisia vs Lithuania – (game already completed at time of post)
  • France vs Nigeria – France by 15-20 points
  • Argentina vs USA – USA by 20-30 points

Group B

  • Australia vs Russia – (game already completed at time of post)
  • Great Britain vs China – Britain by 10 points
  • Spain vs Brazil – Spain by 5-10 points

London 2012 Men’s Basketball Predictions

By the time most of you will read this, each of the Men’s basketball teams in the London 2012 Olympic Games will have probably played their first 3 group games.  Below are my predictions for the remaining 2 games that each team will play as well as the ladders upon the completion of the group games.

 

Group A – Day 7 (August 4, 2012)

  • Tunisia vs France – France by 10-15 points
  • Lithuania vs USA – USA by 35-40 points
  • Nigeria vs Argentina – Argentina by 15-20 points

Group A – Day 9 (August 6, 2012)

  • Tunisia vs Lithuania – Lithuania by 15-20 points
  • France vs Nigeria – France by 20 points
  • Argentina vs USA – USA by 30-35 points

Group B – Day 7 (August 4, 2012)

  • Russia vs Spain – Spain by 5-10 points
  • China vs Brazil – Brazil by 15-20 points
  • Great Britain vs Australia – Australia by 15 points

Group B – Day 9 (August 6, 2012)

  • Australia vs Russia – Russia by 15-20 points
  • Great Britain vs China – China by 10 points
  • Spain vs Brazil – Spain by 5-10 points

The two most interesting games to watch as far as competitiveness and comparable talent are Russia vs Spain and Spain vs Brazil.  Spain are the favourites to play the United States in the Gold medal game, however they have key players with nagging injuries – Mark Gasol (right shoulder), Juan Carlos Navarro (left foot) and Rudy Fernandez (back trouble and stitches on head).

Team USA – Olympic 2012 performance through games 1 and 2

Through the first two games so far, the American basketball team has beaten France and Tunisia by an average of 37 points.  Below is some information on their performance in those games.

 

The United States have stuck to the same starting lineup of Tyson Chandler in the middle with LeBron James and Kevin Durant as the forwards alongside Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

Only 3 players are getting to play more than half a game – Durant (25 minutes a game) followed by Paul (23) and LeBron (22).  However, everyone is playing adequate minutes as Bryant and Anthony Davis are both playing the least with 10 minutes per game.

One of the most notable statistics so far has been the Americans assist to field goal rate – of their 74 made shots, 55 of them came off a direct pass from a teammate.

Team USA has quickly shut down the talk of them being “too small” as they’ve score 47 points per game in the paint – good for second in the tournament.  They also boast an average of 100 total rebounds (leading all countries) whilst holding their opponents to 70 total rebounds (currently 3rd best in the 2012 Olympics).

The Americans are starting slowly, averaging just 21.5 points in the opening period, while their strongest quarter is the third where they score 39 points on average.  To no ones surprise, the U.S. are getting their share of fast breaks – scoring 30 points per game on the break to lead the Games.

 

As far as the Americans scoring balance and shooting performances:

The States have 4 players averaging over 10 points a game so far – Durant with 17.5, Kevin Love with 15, Carmelo Anthony with 12.5 and Russell Westbrook with 10 points each night.

As a team, they have scored 208 points over the two games and are shooting 52% from the field.  USA have relied heavily on their 3 point shooting – taking 25 threes a night and converting on 36% of them.  This is led by Durant attempting 9 threes so far in the Games.

The Americans are getting to the foul line quite often (28 per game) – led by Durant and Westbrook with 11 attempts each.

 

For your interest, the categories that the US team is leading the Olympics in so far include points per game, 2 point field goal percentage, 3 point field goals made and attempted, free throws made, points off turnovers, second chance points, fast break points, assists, defensive rebounds and total rebounds.

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