Jul 31, 2012 11:30 PM EDT
Juan Carlos Navarro sustained a foot injury during Spain's tournament-opening win over China on Sunday.
"It was very strong and all of a sudden,'' Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. "It is nothing related with his former problems. It is a probably a new injury. It is plantar fasciitis, but it is probably in a different place [within the foot].
"He couldn't play. I don't know how many games he will miss.''
Without Navarro, Spain rallied behind Pau Gasol for an 82-70 win over Australia on Tuesday.
"He's not obviously too happy right now because he's injured and he couldn't play today and we don't know exactly when he's going to be able to play,'' said Gasol. "It's not the easiest situation for an athlete to go through during an Olympics.''
Jul 31, 2012 10:42 PM EDT
Lithuania defeated Nigeria by a final score of 72-53 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
Darius Songaila had 12 points and four rebounds to lead Lithuania, while Sarunas Jasikevicius had nine points, nine assists, two rebounds and two steals. Jonas Valanciunas had four points, three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes.
Al-Farouq Aminue had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Nigeria. Ike Diogu had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jul 31, 2012 10:35 PM EDT
Brazil defeated Great Britain by a final score of 67-62 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
Great Britain held Brazil to just four points in the first quarter.
Tiago Splitter scored a game-high 21 points while also finishing with six rebounds to lead Brazil. Marcelinho Huertas scored 13 points with eight assists.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort for Great Britain. Luol Deng had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but shot just 3-for-13 from the field.
Jul 31, 2012 9:58 PM EDT
France defeated Argentina by a final score of 71-64 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
Tony Parker had 17 points and five assists though he went 4-for-17 from the field. Nicolas Batum added 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Kevin Seraphin had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in just over 14 minutes of play.
Manu Ginobili had a game-high 26 points to go with five rebounds in a losing effort for Argentina. Luis Scola had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Jul 31, 2012 9:55 PM EDT
Russia defeated China by a final score of 73-54 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Alexey Shved had 14 points and six assists, while Victor Khyapa had seven points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Yi Jianlian led China with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
Jul 31, 2012 9:53 PM EDT
The United States defeated Tunisia by a final score of 110-63 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
All 12 USA players scored and played at least eight minutes despite having just a 13-point halftime lead.
Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored a team-high 16 points apiece. Kevin Durant had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Tunisia was led by Macram Ben Romdhane's 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Jul 31, 2012 7:38 PM EDT
Spain defeated Australia by a final score of 82-70 in Pool Play on Tuesday.
Pau Gasol had 20 points on 13 shots from the floor. Rudy Fernandez scored 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor and 4-for-5 from three-point range while also grabbing six rebounds. Marc Gasol had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Felipe Reyes had seven points and 12 rebounds.
Joe Ingles and Brad Newley scored 12 points apiece for Australia. Patty Mills had 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the field.
Jul 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT
Jonas Valanciunas played just 14 minutes in Lithuania’s 102-79 preliminary round loss to Argentina on Monday.
“I didn’t play well,” said Valanciunas, who was benched for committing three early fouls and failing to contain Luis Scola. “I played not my best game, and our coach is coaching to win, not give me [playing] time.”
Scola scored a game-high 32 points for Argentina.
“We failed defensively,” Lithuanian coach Kestutis Kemzura said without pointing the finger directly at Valanciunas. “We did not do a good job of communicating.”
Scola cautioned against reading anything at all into Valanciunas’ first game at the London Olympics.
“He has a lot of potential,” said Scola. “I don’t think you can look at this game and say it was a good test for him, or that you can judge him on this one game. They didn’t play well. We did.”
Jul 30, 2012 10:39 AM EDT
Luol Deng played all but 63 seconds of Great Britain’s 95-75 loss to Russia on Sunday.
Deng is playing for Britain despite a torn ligament in his left wrist.
"The wrist is great," Deng said. "I'm not thinking about it. I'm just playing out there. These games are helping me. So far, I've had no trouble. For those who say I only drive right, I drove left a couple times (Sunday)."
Britain faces an uphill battle in its bid to escape the five-game preliminary round.
"We're the underdog, and it's definitely difficult," Deng said. "It's a different game. It's exhausting. It's definitely different than playing with Derrick (Rose). But it really helps my game also. I get to handle the ball, play pick-and-roll. Saying all that, I just try to do whatever I can to help us win."
Jul 29, 2012 10:42 PM EDT
Nicolas Batum tweaked his back during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and scored just 7 points on 2-for-6 shooting against Team USA on Sunday.
"It was tough because I had a bad back. I tried to play with it, I tried everything," said Batum. "I hurt it during the Opening Ceremony, standing four or five hours in a row. I'm not used to that."
France trailed by just one at the end of the first quarter, 22-21. Team USA went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter to give themselves a cushion and were never seriously challenged the rest of the game.
Batum recently inked a four-year, $46 million contract with the Blazers.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 35 points on 14-of-17 shooting to lead Russia to a 95-75 win over Great Britain on Sunday.
Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points and nine rebounds, while LeBron James was also strong with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Marcelinho Huertas had 15 points, 10 assists and four rebounds to lead Brazil.
Mike Krzyzewski will continue to be involved with USA Basketball after stepping down as the teamís head coach.
Jul 29, 2012 | Nets Daily
Bojan Bogdanovic was sent home by the Croatian national team for breaking the team's curfew policy.
The Bucks pursuing unrestricted free agents Joel Przybilla and Jodie Meeks.
The NBA and FIBA is attempting to redirect Olympic revenues into a rebranded world championship and Billy Hunter has done nothing to present the players' side of the argument.
Jul 28, 2012 | Tom Withers/AP
Tony Parker was injured as a bystander in a nightclub brawl, receiving a shard of glass that came "two millimeters" away from causing him to lose his eye.
LeBron James sided with Kobe Bryant in saying that this year's Team USA could beat the 1992 Dream Team.
Pau Gasol described his mindset as Spain prepares to play their first game of the Olympic tournament.
Several NBA players have voiced their dismay with the 23-and-under concept floated by David Stern.
Carmelo Anthony is third on Team USA in scoring (13.2) and fifth in minutes per game (18.8).
Kobe Bryant shed 16 pounds to prepare his body for the Olympics.
The Spurs have six players on Olympic rosters, while the Lakers, Wolves, Hornets, Knicks, Thunder, Blazers, Raptors and Wizards have two or more.
Team USA wore throwback uniforms in their exhibition game on Sunday against Argentina.
Jul 23, 2012 | Eurobasket
Leo Westermann will play next season for Partizan Belgrade.
Kobe Bryant voiced his disapproval with a proposed 23-and-under age-limit for NBA players in future Olympics.
Andrew Wiggins believes Canada could compete for a gold medal if the Olympics move to an under-23 format.
James Young and the USA Midwest team defeated Canada by a final score of 100-86 to win the 2012 Nike Global Challenge.
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