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Patty Mills' 30 points weren't enough on Sunday, as Australia fell to Spain 89-88 in the Bronze medal game.

Mills had a fantastic tournament and nearly helped the Aussies claim their first Olympic medal. Mills added a couple assists, one rebound, three steals and three treys while shooting 11-of-23 from the field in 37 minutes. Tony Parker is another year older and Mills is entering a contract year, so it's possible his role could grow in San Antonio this season. Matthew Dellavedova added six points and eight assists in 24 minutes.
Aug 21 - 12:37 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol scored 31 points to lead Spain past Australia for the Bronze medal on Sunday.

Gasol was excellent, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. He was also a bit fortunate because Andrew Bogut fouled out in the third, but it was still an epic performance. Gasol is uncertain about his future with international play, but keep in mind that he would be 40 years old in the next Olympic games.
Aug 21 - 12:29 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol is uncertain about his future in international competition.

"I would be 40 years old in the next Olympic Games and I’ve been already many games for many years," Gasol said. "During next season I’ll assess how I feel and if I will play with the national team or not. Things can change pretty quick." It wouldn't be surprising if Gasol is done with international play, but nothing is set in stone just yet. As an aside, Gasol said that his calf was not 100 percent vs. Team USA, but it's not expected to be an injury that lingers into training camp.
Aug 20 - 2:32 PM

Patty Mills cooled off in disappointing loss to Serbia on Friday, missing eight of his nine attempts from behind the arc.

Mills came into the game averaging 21.1 points per game over five previous Olympic contests in Rio. However, he couldn't locate his shot tonight. Mills scored a total of 13 points, but missed 10-of-16 FG attempts including the aforementioned 1-of-9 mark from three-point territory.
Aug 19 - 8:21 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol's calf injury didn't slow him down during the semifinals, as he scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in under 29 minutes.

Gasol scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, yet his team trailed by nine points against an aggressive and in-rhythm U.S. squad. Spain was exploited on the glass, losing the rebound battle 53-41 while giving up 21 offensive boards, and at times it looked like Pau was on an island in the paint. The loss sends them to a bronze-medal showdown vs. either Australia or Serbia.
Aug 19 - 4:32 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol (calf) has been cleared to play against the USA on Friday.

Head games? Spain made it seem like Gasol had no hope of playing on Friday, but it's great to hear that both teams will be at full strength in what should be a thrilling game. On a side note, Gregg Popovich probably just added another maintenance day to Gasol's itinerary for the upcoming season.
Aug 19 - 12:18 PM

Tony Parker said that he wants to play for five more years in San Antonio.

"I want to end my Spurs career on a high note. I want to play five more years," Parker said. Parker could very well play until he's 39 years old, but he's already a non-option in standard leagues.
Source: USA Today
Aug 18 - 5:54 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol may not play against Team USA in the semi-finals of the Olympics due to a strained calf.

Spain's coach Sergio Scariolo said Gasol's status is in jeopardy for Friday's game. "Pau Gasol is not OK, I can’t say if he’s going to play against USA," Scariolo said. We'll keep a close eye on Gasol, but he appears to be headed for a game-time decision.
Source: Marca.com
Aug 18 - 12:55 PM

Manu Ginobili finished his esteemed Olympic career on Wednesday with 14 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal, before leaving to a standing ovation.

Argentina fielded a roster with Ginobili joined by a veteran core including Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni, but they ultimately fell in the quarterfinals. The Spurs have to be pleased that their 39-year-old guard came out of the competition healthy, but they're still likely to give him extra rest during training camp and the preseason.
Aug 17 - 7:33 PM

Tony Parker confirmed Wednesday will be his last international game.

He said he's not going to change his mind on the subject. Parker is part of the reason French basketball became one of the best in the world. He is still just 34, but Parker has 15 years of NBA experience to go with his international competition.
Aug 17 - 6:28 PM

Tony Parker scored a team-high 14 points during a 92-67 loss to Spain on Monday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

This might be it for international competition from one of the best Europeans ever. Parker will still be involved in some international management as an owner for the reigning champs of the French Pro A League. He'll be ready to go for next season for the Spurs with about 24 minutes per game. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Aug 17 - 3:14 PM

Tony Parker (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Spain, sending Sergio Rodriguez back to the bench.

Parker was withheld from France's previous game with a minor toe injury, but the injury was never believed to be serious and his return to action today is a good indication that he's perfectly fine. Parker's numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for the past three years, and that downward trend will more than likely continue as he enters his age-34 season.
Aug 17 - 1:48 PM

Patty Mills scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting during Team Australia's 90-64 beatdown over Team Lithuania on Wednesday, adding five 3-pointers, one rebound and one turnover in 27 minutes.

The Boomers caught fire from beyond the arc, with Matthew Dellavedova also burying four of his seven 3-point attempts and finishing the game with 15 points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes of action. Australia will now advance to the semis for the first time since 2000, and if they can pull out a win over Croatia/Serbia, that will put them in the Finals.
Aug 17 - 12:00 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol scored 19 points during a 92-73 win over Argentina on Monday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

After Spain looked like they left their basketball skills at the airport last week, they have advanced to the quarterfinals. Their seed is going to be set regardless of the final game in the qualifying round, which means they'll play France in the quarters for a must-see game. Gasol has been on the perimeter more often than usual, but he lived inside today. Spain looks dangerous and could make a run at a medal.
Aug 15 - 7:52 PM

Patty Mills (rest) will not play Sunday vs. Venezuela.

Team Australia should be able to pull out a win over Venezuela without Mills' services, but win or lose, they've already earned a guaranteed spot in the next stage of the Olympic tournament. Matthew Dellavedova will be earning the start in Mills place, and he'll likely be playing as close to 40 minutes as possible.
Aug 14 - 6:31 PM


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