• Over the course of the Rio Olympics I plan on slapping together some quick thoughts from all the basketball that goes down. The dedicated basketball channel that most providers have for the Olympics is a godsend and a terrific idea. If you missed any game, men’s or women’s, it’ll be on there at some point.

    I didn’t get a chance to watch a full women’s game today and I’d rather not extrapolate on half a quarter of Brazil vs. Australia. In the future I’d like to get some women’s games though, so be on the lookout for that.

    Let’s get to it…

    Today’s Results

    Men’s

    Australia 87 vs. France 66
    USA 119 vs. China 62
    Serbia 86 vs. Venezuela 62

    Women’s

    France 55 vs. Turkey 39
    Canada 90 vs. China 68
    Australia 84 vs. Brazil 66
    Japan 77 vs. Belarus 73

    Australia 87 vs. France 66

    First off- I didn’t catch the entirety of the game, so I’ll be limiting my thoughts to what I did see. France has generally been viewed as the consensus #2 in this tournament but laid an egg today. The Boomers dominated from start to finish. France made it close in the second quarter but really never looked like a threat.

    Australia’s scoring attack was led by Patty Mills (21 points, 2 boards, 5 assists), Andrew Bogut (18 points, 4 boards, 5 assists) and Aron Baynes (14 points, 8 boards, 1 assist). Australia is one of those teams where you forget about their sizable NBA presence but it showed today- I’ll never forget you again Joe Ingles.

    France had only two guys score in double figures; Tony Parker (18 points) and Mickael Gelable (13 points). Euroleague MVP Nando de Colo played 24 minutes; in the same neighborhood as Rudy Gobert (25) and more than Parker (21) or Nic Batum (22). Boris Diaw led the French with 31 minutes; hardly ideal considering his old man status. Batum was particularly disappointing with just 5 points and 3 field goal attempts. If France really wants to compete they’ll need to wake up soon.

    Top Performers

      Australia France
    Points Mills 21
    Bogut 18
    Baynes 14
    Parker 18
    Gelable 13
    Diaw 9
    Rebounds Baynes 8
    Andersen 5
    Bogut / Broekhoff 4
    Gobert 7
    Diaw 5
    Gelable 4
    Assists Dellavedova 10
    Bogut 5
    Mills 5
    De Colo 3
    Heurtel 3
    Diaw / Batum / Parker 2

    Stray Thoughts:

    • France looked BAD; nothing cooking for them at either end
    • It’s still unbelievable that France couldn’t find a spot for Evan Fournier
    • Australia played a really smooth game; they got pretty much whatever they wanted on offense
    • Dellavedova made a few nice plays on his way to 10 assists, but pretty much anyone with a pulse could pick up an assist or two in today’s game
    • Aron Baynes looked good in my limited viewing; I’m interested to see how he’ll look in Detroit this year
    • Australia might be a more serious player than I gave them credit for. I don’t see them medaling but they can turn out some fun games for sure

Fantasy News

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is active for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, as expected.

    Griffin was listed as probable but there was pretty much zero doubt about whether or not he'd play with Detroit facing elimination. We'll see if they can extend this series tonight, even with their best player clearly working at less than 100 percent health.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer expects to have a firm target date for Malcolm Brogdon (partial right plantar fascia tear) in the next 3-to-5 days.

    Brogdon has been out since mid-March and remains on track to meet the original 6-to-8 week timetable, though he hasn't done any scrimmaging yet. It's still anticipated that Brogdon will be back in the mix some time in the second round. Once he's up to speed we'll see less George Hill, Sterling Brown and Pat Connaughton.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Chris Boucher - F - Toronto Raptors

    Chris Boucher (back spasms) has been ruled out ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 with the Magic.

    Boucher was briefly taken off the injury report ahead of Game 4 but ended up being ruled out anyway. He's highly unlikely to see the floor at all in the postseason, healthy or not.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is probable ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 against the Nets.

    Embiid played it coy with his status earlier today but we'd expect to see him out there in a closeout opportunity. Ending this quickly would give him some additional rest with the second round starting on the weekend at the earliest, so a focused effort would give Philly benefits on multiple fronts. Embiid's played through the injury after missing Game 3 and hasn't looked too hampered in dominating Brooklyn up front.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) wouldn't commit to playing in Game 5 vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    Embiid said that "We've got to keep them guessing" and it's highly likely he doesn't even know whether or not he's going to play yet. He's been a true game-time decision for the entire series and that's not going to change so stay tuned for updates closer to tip off.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Ed Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets

    Ed Davis (ankle) is considered to be questionable going into Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the 76ers.

    Davis was a big part in the Nets' Game 1 win and his rebounding could serve to help Brooklyn out a ton. They just look outmatched by Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic and Davis could provide another big man presence down low. This could be the last game of the series so Davis' status should be a big story coming into the game.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Jeff Green - F - Washington Wizards

    Jeff Green expressed that he would like to return and play for the Wizards during the 2019-2020 season.

    "I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]." Green was very consistent and was on a friendly contract, but the direction in which the organization wants to go remains unclear. Green may need to find a new home given the plethora of depth the Wizards have at the forward position.

    Source: Chase Hughes of NBC Washington

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook went 5-for-21 from the field to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two treys in Sunday's 98-111 Game 4 loss to the Blazers.

    Time and again in this series, it's been evident that Damian Lillard has been playing at a higher level than Westbrook and tonight was a fine example. Lillard was able to shake off his early shooting struggles and come up big in the second half, but Westbrook was still forcing shots and appeared to be on the back foot for most of the game. He's best when he's the one taking it to his opponents. A reactive Westbrook is simply not the star the Thunder need right now, if they want to salvage any hopes of coming back in this first-round series.

  • Dennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder mirrored his 17-point performance from Friday with another 17-point game in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Schroder shot 6-of-12 from the field and added three rebounds, three assists, two 3s and one steal to the box score tonight. Aside from him though, the Thunder's bench was deafeningly quiet. He cannot carry the load of the second unit's scoring output by his lonesome, especially when they're faced up against a team with multiple weapons like the Blazers. For now, the Thunder can only hope he keeps this up and that the other reserves will follow suit.

  • Jerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jerami Grant made just 4-of-10 shots from the field on Sunday to finish with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three triples and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Grant's impact on the defensive end has been invaluable to the Thunder in this series and it was nice to see him active on the glass tonight, especially with Steven Adams being relatively quiet on that front with seven boards while adding six points, one assist, one steal and one block. Unfortunately for the Thunder, Portland's forwards, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu outplayed and out-hustled them on both ends of the floor.