• 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

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose twisted his ankle on Wednesday but remained in the game.

    Rose tweaked his ankle but ran it off and stayed in the game. He appears to be fine.

    Source: Vince Ellis on Twitter

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green (illness) is available to play on Wednesday after missing the past two games.

    Green missed Friday's game with a sprained finger and Sunday's game with an illness. Green will continue to be frustrating to own with these missed games becoming more common. He's also a shutdown risk and owners should try to sell-high once Green gets a few good stat lines in a row.

    Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday (left elbow tricep strain) will start on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Holiday put up 36 points with seven threes in his return from his left elbow strain on Monday. Holiday will take a slight hit with Zion Williamson returning, but he should be a top-40 player still.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday (sore right thumb) is available to play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Holiday has lost his run of standard-league value since the return of Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo's (knee rehab) return will also put a dent in Holiday's value. Holiday is just a name to remember for when the Pacers' are short-handed at the guard position.

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors will return and start on Wednesday after missing one game with lower back soreness.

    Favors has been producing mid-round value while he's on the court. His injuries have been the only thing holding him back. Favors will likely take a slight hit with Zion Williamson returning on Wednesday, but he should continue to start on keep standard-league value. His return combined with Zion returning is a big blow to Jaxson Hayes' value and Hayes moves to being a luxury stash only in standard-leagues.

    Source: Jennifer Hale on Twitter

  • Terance Mann
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Terance Mann left Wednesday's game briefly with a cut lip but was able to return.

    Mann got the start on Wednesday with Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George out. Those who started him in DFS will be pleased to see he's back in the game.

    Source: John Hollinger on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw was hit in the face on Wednesday and will not return with a facial contusion.

    McCaw failed to record a stat in less than a minute of playing time. His absence has little fantasy impact.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) will start in his regular season debut for the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Williamson will probably be on a minutes restriction and Coach Gentry said he would be used in "short bursts". Zion may take some time to ramp up, but his upside is tantalizing.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw was hit in the mouth on Wednesday and had to be helped to the locker room.

    McCaw doesn't have value outside of 30-team leagues now that the Raptors are healthy. He should be left on the waiver wire in all formats and isn't worth holding if he misses time.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz sprained the fourth metacarpal on his non-shooting hand on Wednesday but returned to the game.

    It's great that Fultz was able to return and looks like he will avoid missing games with this injury. Watch his status in the coming days just in case it gets worse.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter