All 12 teams have played their first game in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament and the action was nothing short of entertaining.
Notes from Group A:
- It was Team USA’s first Olympic loss since 2004 when they lost to Argentina.
- Czech Republic got their first-ever Olympic win.
Next games: USA vs. Iran, Czech Republic vs. France
Next games: Nigeria vs. Germany, Italy vs. Australia
Group C had fireworks thanks to Luka Doncic, as he scored 48 points to lead Slovenia to a 118-100 win over 2019 FIBA World Cup runner-up Argentina, while FIBA World Cup champion Spain defeated host nation Japan 88-77.
Notes from Group C:
- It was Slovenia’s first-ever Olympic win.
- Doncic’s 48 points were the most ever scored by a European player in an Olympic basketball game and also the second most points in an Olympic game behind Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt (55 points).
Next games: Slovenia vs. Japan, Spain vs. Argentina