With the third 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 98, Australia 88
Carmelo Anthony: 35 minutes played, 31 points on 11-21 shooting (9-15 from three), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 turnovers, 2 steals
First, Melo established himself as the greatest scorer in NBA history. As an encore, he saved America from an Aussie blitzkrieg of deft passing, un-called illegal screens and didgeridoos. American Dad dropped 14 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away, then he probably sat back on a nice recliner while Paul George and Kyrie Irving fetched him his newspaper.
Lithuania 81, Argentina 73
Mindaugas Kuzminskas: 27 minutes played, 23 points on 9-13 shooting (2-3 from three), 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 turnovers
Oh hi there, Mr. Kuzminskas!
Our boy Kuzia came off the bench and held off a veteran, heretofore-undefeated Argentina squad while showing off the full arsenal: post-ups, jumpers and general rim-rocking awesomeness:
This is the platonic ideal for his move to the NBA. He’s not coming over for his defense; he’s coming here to Mindaugas Getbuckets.
Spain 96, Nigeria 87
Willy Hernangomez: 16 minutes played, 11 points on 5-6 shooting. 3 rebounds
Not only did Willy play, but he played most of the fourth quarter in Spain’s first win of the tournament, showing off good hands and some skill as a roll man. He can’t defend, but none of Spain’s bigs can defend, so it evens out!