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Serbia rolls past Australia, advances to gold medal game

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In their penultimate game in pool play, the U.S. was a Bogdan Bogdanovic three-pointer away from being taken to overtime by Serbia. On Sunday the two teams will meet again, this time with Olympic gold medals going to the winner.

Following the Americans’ 82-76 win over Spain, Serbia jumped Australia from the start on their way to an impressive 87-61 victory. Milos Teodosic did a little bit of everything offensively for Serbia, scoring 22 points and dishing out five assists, with forwards Milan Macvan (12 points), Stefan Markovic (14) and Miroslav Raduljica (11) also scoring in double figures.

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Serbia shot 61 percent inside the arc and 53 percent from the field overall while limiting Australia to 33 percent shooting. The win guarantees Serbia its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball as an independent nation, and their key options were able to get some extra rest ahead of Sunday’s finale as Serbia led by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter.

Nothing seemed to work for Australia, which scored just five points in the first quarter and trailed by 11 after one period. Offensively they couldn’t find clean looks, and defensively there were no answers for the combination of Serbia’s willingness to make sharp cuts and share the basketball, and the offensive skill set of Teodosic.

The Boomers made just four of their 31 three-point attempts on the night, and with Patty Mills (13 points) shooting 6-for-16 and Matthew Dellavedova 1-for-6 they didn’t get the offensive production from their backcourt that was needed to threaten Serbia. Without the quality looks they’d been able to find throughout the tournament Australia struggled mightily, and as a result they were unable to guarantee Australia its first Olympic men’s basketball medal.

Next up for Australia is Spain in the bronze medal game.

United States holds off Australia, moves to 3-0 in group play

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After convincing wins over China and Venezuela, things were bound to get much more difficult for the United States men’s basketball team. With an Australian team chock full of NBA veterans on the schedule for Wednesday night, the Americans were going to have to do more than simply show up to the basketball arena in order to win.

But with that being said, few people expected the game to be as difficult as it was. Mike Krzyzewski’s team ultimately won by the final score of 98-88, erasing their first halftime deficit in Olympic play since their disastrous bronze medal run in 2004. And for that the United States can thank team captain Carmelo Anthony, who in becoming the all-time leading scorer in USA Basketball history bailed his teammates out from what was a mediocre offensive performance.

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Anthony finished the game with a team-high 31 points, shooting 11-for-21 from the field with nine of his made shots being three-pointers. Melo scored 14 of those points in the first quarter, surpassing David Robinson and LeBron James to grab the top spot on the all-time scoring list. Another run from Anthony, this one in the fourth quarter, provided the boost the Americans needed to avoid what would have been a major upset (Vegas lines closed with the U.S. favored by 27 points).Also key in the fourth quarter were a couple key shots from Kyrie Irving, one of which being a three from the right wing eerily similar to the one he hit in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Irving finished with 19 points and Kevin Durant added 14, but he provided those points on 4-for-16 shooting from the field. Remove Anthony’s numbers, and the United States shot 23-for-66 (34.8 percent) from the field. The ball and player movement of the Australians was superior to that of the Americans for most of the first three quarters, giving the Boomers a chance to win the game and move into sole possession of first place in Group A.

Patty Mills led four Australian players in double figures with 30 points, and as a team they shot 50 percent from the field. Mills and Matthew Dellavedova caused the Americans trouble in ball screen situations, and the poor hedges/switches resulted in clean looks for the upstarts. As they’re in the same group the United States and Australia can’t meet in the quarterfinal round, but Wednesday’s contest had the feeling of one that we could very well see again in Rio.

Australia Olympic men’s basketball roster has 6 NBA players

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew Bogut has been included in Australia’s Olympic squad, along with five more NBA players, despite concerns over his fitness.

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis announced his 12-man roster on Monday, saying he’d give Bogut until the eve of the games in Rio de Janeiro next month to recover from the bone bruising around his left knee sustained during Golden State’s seven-game loss to Cleveland in the NBA finals.

The 31-year-old Bogut, who has been traded to Dallas, has been working with the Boomers squad in Melbourne and has until Aug. 5 to show he is fit enough to play in his third Olympic basketball tournament.

Matthew Dellavedova, who helped Cleveland to an historic comeback win for the NBA championship last month and has since moved to the Milwaukee Bucks, and 2014 NBA champion Patty Mills are also in the Australian squad.

As are Joe InglesAron Baynes and Cameron Bairstow, who all played in the NBA last season.

“We are going to Rio to win a medal,” Mills said. “We all understand it is going to be a very hard task but the belief in each other that we can get it done is very exciting. This is certainly one of the strongest teams I’ve been a part of.”

Dellavedova said he had been nervous about Olympic selections, despite his big year in the NBA.

“Nothing’s assumed. Every spot in the Australian team is earned, nothing is given,” Lemanis said. “But the meeting with (Dellavedova) is pretty easy: ‘Delly, you’ve made the team. Congratulations.’ And then we speak about what he can contribute from here.”

The Australians will play warmup matches against the Pac-12 College All-Stars in Melbourne on Tuesday and Thursday and will have further warmup matches in America before arriving in Brazil. The Australians play France on Aug. 6 and Serbia on Aug. 8 before facing the U.S. on Aug. 10 and China on Aug. 12.

Australia squad: David Andersen, Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Kevin Lisch, Damian Martin, Patrick Mills, Brock Motum.

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