The Australian men’s national basketball squad have continued their solid pre-Olympic form by sweeping a three game series against Greece, minus NBA star Andrew Bogut.
Greece may lack a current NBA player, but they are one of Europe’s powerhouse nations and a step or three above the side China rolled out to be swept by the Aussies earlier this month.
The Boomers won game 3 with ease, 79-58, but their play in patches wasn’t so inspiring. They dropped a 17-point halftime lead, scoring just six points in the third term to see their lead cut to five heading into the final quarter.
NBA point guard Patty Mills struggled for the home team as he shot just 1-7 from three point land, his second consecutive quiet game against a young Greek team. The San Antonio Spurs free agent point guard was brilliant in game 1 with 21 points, but cooled off as the series progressed.
The Aussies face off against Brazil in their opening Olympic group stage match, a team which possesses a decent amount of NBA talent. They feature the ‘Brazilian Blur’, Leandro Barbosa, who can put points on in a hurry, as well as three quality NBA big men: Nene, Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter; each of whom played big minutes the league this past season.
The Boomers feature a nice mix of youth and experience that have played in some of the better league’s across the world, however a squad like Brazil’s appears far more equipped to upset medal favourites the States, Spain or Argentina.
The Aussie Opals, who have won silver at the last three Olympics, may be a safer bet as a medal hopeful.