The 2012 Olympics have been upset-free so far, and Tuesday’s game between Spain and Australia continued the trend.
Spain poured in 26 points to their opponents’ 10 in the third quarter to establish an big lead, then eased home to a 82-70 victory over a resolute but undermanned Australian team. Jose Calderon of the Raps had a quiet game, contributing 4 points (on 5 shot attempts), 3 assists, and 1 turnover in 21+ minutes of action. The Spaniards also got 20 points from Pau Gasol in only 18 minutes of PT, and 17 from the quick & skilled Rudy Fernandez.
The Australian attack was well-balanced, with Joe Ingles & Brad Newley contributed 12 points apiece. Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs chipped in 11, but had to be disappointed with missing all 5 of his 3-ball attempts. The Spaniards outboarded the Kangaroos 56-39, an insurmountable advantage, and had 5 blocked shots to the Aussies’ 2.
The Spaniards played all but 1 of their players, a wise decision in a tightly wound tournament like this. Having fresh legs when there are medals on the line is a godsend.
Next up for Spain is Great Britain, which is coming off a narrow loss to Brazil. I don’t think the Brits have the horses to contain the Spanish at either end of the floor, and Jose, the Gasol bros. et al should roll to a 20-point win. The first real test for Spain will come against Russia on Saturday.
Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.