Rio 2016 Mens basketball tournament – an analytics look – Day 3

Introduction

After the 3rd day games at the Rio Olympics Mens basketball tournament while the overall outlook of the teams is still shaping and the group B games will be played this evening there are certain points I have been noticing much more. No matter what continent the teams are from in the olympics the notion of playing “small ball”, “pick&roll” or “pick&pop” are becoming much more effective. Aside from this bigs are changing their priority to shooting first in regards to their decision mechanism rather than posting up which has dropped to 3rd or even 4th place. This all goes to prove that the game and pace of basketball is speeding up. Athletic game play and agility are critical attributes that players rely on much more.

Day 3

Australia – Serbia 95 – 80 (The Boomers blow to Serbia)

Simple Quarterly break down of the game:

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Brief notes of the game:

Surprise player for Serbia : N. NEDOVIC

Surprise player for Australia : J. INGLES

Turning Point of the game: After a basket by the brilliant Miroslav Raduljica (25 points) cut Australia’s lead to 75-71, Mills dribbled right into the lane and scored a lay-up, drawing a foul by Nemanja Nedovic. Mills sank the free-throw and the Boomers then stepped on the accelerator.

The base stats that stood out: 13 of Australia’s 23 assists were handed out by Matthew Dellavedova. Sublime performance from the recently crowned NBA champ, who also had 23 points.

The APB MVP: M.DELLAVEDOVA, +36 PER

Key Stats:

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Lineup Analysis

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USA – Venezuela 113 – 69

Simple Quarterly break down of the game:

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Brief notes of the game:

Surprise player for USA : K.IRVING

Surprise player for Venezuela : J. COX

Turning Point of the game: The game was knotted at 20-20 when Anthony’s lay-up sparked a 13-2 USA run that put the two-time defending Olympic champions on their way to a big win.

The base stats that stood out: The USA, just 2-of-5 at the free-throw line in the first quarter, made 13-of-15 in the second as they took control of the game. Jimmy Butler was a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe in that period, while Kevin Durant went 4-of-5. They finished 32-of-38 (84.2 percent). The USA were also out-rebounded 11-8 the first quarter but were back on top in that category by half-time, 19-18.

The APB MVP: PAUL GEORGE, +24 PER

Key Stats:

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Lineup Analysis: 

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France – China 88 – 60

Simple Quarterly break down of the game:

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Brief notes of the game:

Surprise player for France : T. HEURTEL

Surprise player for China : Z. WANG

Turning Point of the game: China, level at 14-14 late in the first quarter, lost the initiative after Boris Diaw made a couple of free-throws and Gelabale connected from the arc. The latter then capped the 7-0 run when he knocked down another jumper.

The base stats that stood out: France held a slender 8-6 advantage on the boards at the end of the first quarter but took control in the second, grabbing 12 to China’s 3. Rudy Gobert, a player France need to get going, had 5 blocks to go with his 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The APB MVP: TONY PARKER, +17 PER

Key Stats:

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Lineup Analysis

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MSc. Ermay Duran

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