With the second round of games in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament are now complete, let’s check in on our precious, precious Knicks in Rio.
USA 113, Venezuela 69
Carmelo Anthony: 24 minutes played, 14 points on 5-11 shooting (2-4 from three), 3 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal
So long, Michael Jordan, you mom jeans-wearing motherfucker! There’s a new third-best all-time USA Olympic scorer, and his name is Carmelo Anthony. Melo passed the Bulls legend on the all-time list during America’s romp of Venezuela. Only David Robinson and LeBron James are ahead of him now, and he could very well pass them Wednesday night.
And his points mattered. After Team USA had farted their way through the first quarter, Melo joined the reserves and sparked an 18-2 run that broke Venezuela. America’s second unit has some great defenders, but they often lack that calming presence on offense, the guy who can post up when things start to get a little hectic and either get an easy bucket or kick out to an open shooter. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Melo in that role more often.
Lithuania 89, Nigeria 80
Mindaugas Kuzminskas: 15 minutes played, 8 points on 3-5 shooting (1-2 from three), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
Not the best game for Kuzminskas, as Lithuania really struggled to put away Nigeria. He did, however, have a nice tip-out on a critical rebound that sealed the game.
Brazil 66, Spain 65
Willy Hernangomez: DNP-CD
TRUE FACT: Spain has played four halves in these Olympics:
When Willy plays: 1-0
When Willy doesn’t play: 0-3
Get your act together, Spain.