As we sit on our couches watching football and counting down the days until the Thunder's season starts, it's important to think back on the championships and think about what happened, and what the championships mean to Thunder fans and the NBA at large.
It was the final day of FIBA Action today, and the results were....well, a little bit disappointing. The one close matchup (the 5th Place game) wasn't on TV, and the other two games were all but decided by the third quarter. Then again, Kevin Durant ended up winning tournament MVP, and Team USA did grab gold, so it wasn't entirely a bad day.
You'd have to be insane to miss today's action! But, before you rush to the television, take a quick look at the previews below....
The important thing is that today, the Semi-Finals are happening. On ESPN Classic, no less. So, if you happen to have this obscure network (which I do), then you'll get to enjoy Semi-Finals action! Today, we have Serbia vs. Turkey, and Team USA vs. Lithuania.
And so, the Round of 16 is over with, and we're finally down to the 8 best teams in the world. At this stage, games stop becoming so easy to predict. Nothing is taken for granted, and every team has the tools it takes to win the whole enchilada.
It's the opening day of the Round of 16! Since I just did the full tournament preview and the first game is about to start, I'll just give you the time of the games and the network to watch them on. Nenad Krstic is in action, so be sure to watch!
It all starts now, my friend. But, before we get to the tournament, analysis of the potential matchups, and predictions of what is to come, lets take a final look back at the countries that just couldn't make it.
We're in the final day of FIBA Group play (finally), and some groups are decided, but some groups still have things to sort out. Notably, Group A will have a championship game of sorts between Serbia and Argentina, while 2nd place needs to be decided between Greece and Russia in Group C.
In the second to last day of group action, several fates were decided. In Group A, Germany and Jordan were eliminated, in Group B, Iran and Tunisia were eliminated, and in Group D, Lebanon and Canada were eliminated. Meanwhile, Team USA clinched Group B, Turkey clinched Group C, and Lithuania clinched Group D.
We're in the 3rd Day of the FIBA World Championships, and action is going to slow down for the next couple of days, so every team will get a day off. Today, only groups A and B will play, while Groups C and D will play on Tuesday.
Okay, I know that technically we're two days in. But since I don't want a half-written article to go to waste, I'm releasing my preview of Group C.
This is a general guide to the games of today, and shouldn't necessarily be taken as a command to watch every single game on the list. Rather, think of it as a friendly introduction to international basketball, allowing you to more easily select a game to watch that suits your viewing style from the best games available.
Yes, I know that the FIBA Tournament has already started. But, I also do know that I made these rankings before the tournament began, and neglected to fill in the details. Then, I procrastinated....and here we are. I have no way of proving to you that I made the rankings beforehand, so you'll just have to believe me.
Lots of news has happened today, so I decided to make a short post with all of the stories and short opinions about them.
Nenad Krstic was involved in a basketball brawl yesterday during the final moments of a Greece-Serbia which served as the final of the Acropolis tournament in Greece.
Before the World Championships start in August, I figured I'd start preparing everyone by giving the lowdown on each of the teams participating in this year's tournament.