• The day kicked off with a huge rivalry game that delivered on its promise of drama and excitement. Spain looked like Spain but they might’ve gotten an assist from a lifeless effort out of the entire Lithuanian team. Croatia overestimated their opponent and fell apart after a strong start, allowing Nigeria to get in the win column after playing well for most of the tournament.

    Group B got even more muddled today, so dive in for the details.

    Today’s Results

    Men’s

    Argentina 111 vs. Brazil 107 (2OT)
    Spain 109 vs. Lithuania 59
    Nigeria 90 vs. Croatia 76

    Women’s

    Australia 74 vs. Belarus 66
    Turkey 79 vs. Brazil 76 (2OT)
    Japan 79 vs. France 71

    Argentina 111 vs. Brazil 107 (2OT)

    Argentina hung on for dear life in what was undoubtedly the game of the tournament so far. Argentina got out to a quick start before being throttled by the Brazilians in the second quarter that began with a 24-8 run. Brazil looked to be in good position to take home a victory before Andres Nocioni hit a game-tying three pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. The two teams played to a stalemate in the first overtime before Argentina ripped off an 8-0 run to start the second session that proved too much to overcome. This game had some ugly moments but was a complete roller coaster- tons of swings, big shots and missed opportunities that were only heightened by a tremendous crowd that was out in full force for a major international rivalry game.

    Argentina received an all-time performance from Andres Nocioni. He carried Argentina when they had nothing going on and hit the clutch triple to send the game to overtime. He finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 7 triples on 11-19 from the field. He came up big all night long before fouling out in the extra sessions. Facundo Campazzo (#7) also brought his A game today, notching 33-4-11 with 4 steals and 5 triples of his own. He was the sole contributor in the Argentinia backcourt and joined Nocioni in the big shot parade to erase a 6 point Brazil lead in the final minutes of the fourth. He got some tunnel vision in double overtime but was really the only reliable scoring threat beyond Nocioni and Luis Scola. Scola pitched in 14 and 10 before fouling out and the team really seemed to struggle when he was on the bench in regulation. Patricio Garino (#29) also had 5 big points in the second overtime on a three and a clutch offensive putback after Campazzo missed a runner.

    Manu Ginobili was generally bad today. He made just 4-14 from the field while going 0-8 from deep and 5-10 from the free throw line. He hoisted up a number of bad shots that threatened to end Argentina’s day early and there were a few instances where he totally fell asleep on the defensive end and got lucky when Brazil missed open looks and easy shots. And yet Manu stepped up in the game’s closing seconds, grabbing an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw and sinking two of his own to extend the lead to four with just 2.6 seconds left. It was mostly a game to forget for Ginobili, but you can’t deny his impeccable sense of timing.

    Brazil roared back to lead for almost the entirety of the final three quarters on the back of Nene. After some nondescript games out of the forward, Brazil decided to use him to attack Luis Scola down low and it paid off in a big way. A 24-11 line led the way in a great day for Nene. Brazil’s massive second quarter was led from the bench, as Vitor Benite (#8) shot 5-6 in the quarter to pour in all 13 of his points. Giovannoni (#12) connected for 10 points of his own while former Pelican Alex Garcia (#10) went for 14-8-3. Brazil got tons of contributions from all over the roster in a game that was right there for the taking.

    Leandro Barbosa was downright awful for the first 45 minutes of action. Reduced to a spectator role, Barbosa returned in double overtime after changing into his Brazilian Blur supersuit. He scored Brazil’s first 11 points in the frame and kept Argentina from pulling away after they opened with an 8-0 run of their own. Some earlier contributions might’ve been helpful but there’s no denying that he delivered late. Marcelo Huertas fouling out in overtime was the beginning of the end for Brazil, as Raul Neto couldn’t inspire the same ball movement that worked to exploit Brazil’s size advantage down low. The offense dried up until Barbosa took over. Brazil could’ve really helped out their medal round chances with a win but might have to hope for outside help now.

    I encourage you to find a replay of this game if possible. NBC Olympics has free replays on their website if you’re in the States. This was a classic game that deserves a second look from anyone who considers themselves a basketball fan.

    Top Performers

    Argentina Brazil
    Points Nocioni 37
    Campazzo 33
    Scola 14
    Nene 24
    Huertas / Garcia 14
    Benite 13
    Rebounds Nocioni 11
    Scola 10
    Garino / Campazzo 4
    Nene 11
    Garcia 8
    Giovannoni 6
    Assists Campazzo 11
    Ginobili 4
    Four with 1
    Neto 4
    Huertas/Marquinhos/Garcia 3
    Nene 2

    Stray Thoughts:

    • Brazil has a clear size advantage; Argentina made them pay with threes but it’s an area that they’ll need to shore up with strong team defense
    • Huertas knows how to maximize every screen; such a smart player
    • Huge first half from Brazil’s bench
    • Brazil just 4/19 in Q4; couldn’t capitalize on 5 Argentina turnovers in the quarter
    • Marquinhos had a really rough game; travel in 2OT, missed free throw in OT, some poor shots and sloppy ball control
    • Ginobili and Scola missed key free throws; Ginobili in particular is having a tough time at the stripe so far in Rio
    • Campazzo got some tunnel vision late but was sensational for most of the game
    • 2 big offensive rebounds; one that led to Nocioni’s game tying shot in Q4 and Ginobili off Delfino’s 0/2 free throws at the end of the game
    • Garcia has a weird looking shot; his feet turn perpendicular to the shot, if that makes sense
    • Garcia didn’t box out on that final free throw; huge mistake at the worst time

Fantasy News

  • Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    According to Shams Charania, Julius Randle will not be picking up his $9M player option for next season and will be an unrestricted free agent.

    Randle is coming off a sweet breakout season in 2018-19 and has his eyes set on a big payday from a team willing to fork out the dough. This move is not too surprising considering that the Pelicans' frontcourt could get a bit more crowded come draft day as the team is expected to select 6'6" big man Zion Williamson (Duke) with the first overall pick.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, despite the recent traction that the Nets have gained towards building mutual interest with Kyrie Irving, the Lakers are still a potential landing spot for him now that they've traded for Anthony Davis.

    Prior to the Nets rising to the top of the hill, the Lakers were rumored to be a serious option for Irving, especially after he mended fences with LeBron James. The Lakers' acquisition of AD (come July 6), does add some recruiting star power to the organization, so enticing a guard of Irving's caliber might just be their next big step towards competing for a title in 2019-20.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (torn ACL) is expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp, per Rick Carlisle.

    The Mavs will need to get the restricted free agent under contract first, but it doesn't sound as though there are any doubts that Porzingis will be suiting up for the Mavs. KP will be an interesting name to track throughout the offseason and preseason, as his health will help stabilize his ADP. When healthy, Porzingis is an early-round talent and will finally be playing with another player (or players, depending on free agency) of his caliber in Dallas.

    Source: Mavs.com

  • Bruno Fernando - C - College

    Bruno Fernando was among a 12-man group to work out for the Jazz.

    Fernando will become the first player born in Angola to be drafted next week, but where he falls is still up for debate. The Jazz pick at 23 and 53, so if they’re going to take the plunge it will have to be in the first round. Fernando averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks for Maryland last season and the Jazz believe that he can develop a solid outside shot. Fernando’s defensive abilities give him an intriguing fantasy outlook, though his playing time will obviously be determined by his landing spot. The other headliners of Utah’s latest workout were Talen Horton-Tucker and Luguentz Dort. The Jazz also invited Terry Harris — the younger brother of free agent Tobias Harris — to the session.

    Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  • Coby White - G - College

    Coby White and Nassir Little are scheduled to work out with the Wizards on Monday.

    White’s name is particularly interesting, as most mock drafts have him off the board before Washington selects at No. 9. It would only take one or two surprises to put White within their reach, however, so it could be some due diligence mixed with wishful thinking. The Wizards should be going with the best player available strategy, but it is worth noting that White is a 6’5″ guard and Little is a 6’6″ forward given how the Wizards currently have most of their salary tied up in the backcourt.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • Vlatko Cancar - F - Denver Nuggets

    Nuggets President of Basketball Ops Tim Connelly thinks that Vlatko Cancar could join the Nuggets this season.

    Playing in Spain this season, Denver's second-rounder from the 2017 draft put up 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Last summer he scored 9.0 points per game with the Nuggets in Summer League, and his continued growth has made an impression on Denver's top brass. "I thought he had a very big summer league last summer, he's a guy who's going to wear a Nuggets uniform sooner rather than later," said Connelly. Cancar is a name to know in deep dynasty formats but we don't envision him getting significant minutes if he makes the team.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pelicans and Lakers will complete the Anthony Davis trade on July 6.

    July 6 is the first day that trades can be processed and it will drastically impact the Lakers' cap space. The Lakers would rather process the trade in late July, at least 30 days after the draft, so that they will have $32.5 million in cap rather than $23.4. Wojnarowski also reported that Davis is unlikely to waive his $4 million trade kicker which will also hamper LA's cap space. If the Lakers can't put together enough for a max contract player, it'll throw a big wrench into free agency. With this story constantly evolving, stay tuned for updates.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Clint Capela - C - Houston Rockets

    The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets are considered to be the two main teams exploring trade scenarios for Clint Capela according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    With the biggest trade chip of the summer in Anthony Davis off the table, Capela figures to be next in line to draw significant interest around the league. In the Celtics scenario, Capela could either play alongside Horford or become his replacement depending on what Horford decides on his player option. However, seeing how reluctant they were to include some of their big assets in the AD trade, the same could be the case here. For the Brooklyn side it would be tough to imagine them pulling off a deal for Capela that doesn't involve moving Jarrett Allen, as the two have too similar of games to really play them together. This is all obviously very much in the speculation stage, but it is worth keeping an eye on both of these teams in regards to the Rockets' big man as the summer's arms race heads into full swing.

    Source: Steve Kyler on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics

    The Celtics were unwilling to include Jayson Tatum in negotiations for Anthony Davis according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

    It appears that the Celtics were never truly players in the AD sweepstakes, as it's tough to imagine talk went very far without Tatum in the fold. In the wake of this deal, it is becoming more and more apparent that the Celtics are prepared to pivot to handing Tatum the keys to the franchise, especially considering their chances of resigning Kyrie Irving appear to be dwindling by the day. Tatum did not have the breakout campaign many were hoping for in his second year, but if he goes into next season as Boston's clear cut number one option perhaps he could be in line for said breakout in year three.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • David Griffin - Team - New Orleans Pelicans

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that multiple teams are already indicating significant interest in acquiring the No. 4 pick in next week's draft, which now belongs to the Pelicans.

    In case you missed it, the Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a package that includes the fourth selection in the 2019 draft, which the Pelicans may flip to get a quality roster player or another young asset. David Griffin stood firm in his requests on a Davis deal, and although he was unable to get Kyle Kuzma included in the trade, the Pelicans came away with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, two future first-rounders and the No. 4 pick in next week's draft, which could lead to more picks or additional players. Expect New Orleans to be at the center of plenty of rumors over the next few days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter