August 19, 2016, 5:05 pm
Pau Gasol scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Friday’s semifinal loss to Team USA.
Gasol single-handedly kept Spain in this game and whether it was gamesmanship or not by Spain he did it all on a bad calf. Rudy Fernandez wasn’t half bad with nine points, seven boards and three steals, but everybody from Ricky Rubio (zero points, one board, one assist, one steal) to Nikola Mirotic (seven points, 2-of-7 FGs) disappeared and against the Americans it was never going to be enough. They’ll square up against Australia for a bronze medal.