Nikola Jokic

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Croatia, Serbia men’s basketball teams reach Rio; France-Canada left

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Croatia and Serbia became the 10th and 11th teams to qualify for the Olympic men’s basketball tournament, leaving one spot left for the winner of France-Canada on Sunday.

It’s the second time since the split of Yugoslavia that both Croatia and Serbia qualified for the Olympics, the other time being Atlanta 1996 (though only Croatia was independent at that time).

Croatia, led by Brooklyn Nets swingman Bojan Bogdanovic, edged host Italy in overtime 84-78 in one last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament final Saturday.

World silver medalist Serbia, with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, crushed Puerto Rico 108-77 in another last-chance tournament final in Belgrade on Saturday.

Canada and France, two teams that could be loaded with NBA players in Rio, will face off Sunday at 9 a.m. ET in Manila for the final spot in the 12-team Olympic field.

World bronze medalist France is led by San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Canada’s best player, Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins, decided not to play in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

The Olympic men’s basketball tournament field:

Brazil — Host nation
U.S. — 2014 World champion
Australia — Oceania champion
Nigeria — Africa champion
Argentina — Americas finalist
Venezuela — Americas finalist
Spain — Europe finalist
Lithuania — Europe finalist
China — Asia champion
Croatia
Serbia
France or Canada

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