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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 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).

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