The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! More specifically to your interests, Olympic basketball is here! Just a few weeks removed from Summer League, we have something to keep us going for two weeks before another long lull ahead of the start of the 2016-17 season. Drink it in, mannnnnn.
Our Coverage Plan
It’s the middle of summer, which means there’s not a whole lot else going on with the Toronto Raptors. So, as promised, we’ll shift our focus for the next two weeks to the Olympic tournament. After all, three Raptors are playing on the men’s side, and the Canadian women have a chance to really make some noise on the other side.
At the same time, it’s the middle of August and these games are only Raptors-adjacent, so don’t expect the full preview-quick reaction-recap treatment. We’ll get a post up for each of the games in the chart below (so long as the relevant teams remain) bringing you a quick recap, any major highlights from our guys and gals, and any notable performances/news. The hope is that it’s a quick way for you to catch up or keep an eye on the Raptors/Canadians.
|Aug. 6||6:00 PM||Men||USA (v. China)|
|Aug. 6||1:15 PM||Women||Canada (v. China)|
|Aug. 7||1:15 PM||Men||Lith (v. Brazil)|
|Aug. 8||6:00 PM||Men||USA (v. Venz)|
|Aug. 8||1:15 PM||Women||Canada (v. Serb)|
|Aug. 9||6:00 PM||Men||Lith (v. Nigeria)|
|Aug. 10||6:00 PM||Men||USA (v. Aust)|
|Aug. 10||4:45 PM||Women||Canada (v. Sene)|
|Aug. 11||9:30 PM||Men||Lith (v. Argen)|
|Aug. 12||6:00 PM||Men||USA (v. Serbia)|
|Aug. 12||2:30 PM||Women||Canada (v. USA)|
|Aug. 13||6:00 PM||Men||Lith (v. Spain)|
|Aug. 14||1:15 PM||Men||USA (v. France)|
|Aug. 14||4:45 PM||Women||Canada (v. Spain)|
|Aug. 15||9:30 PM||Men||Lith (v. Croatia)|
|Aug. 16||TBD||Women||TBD – Quarters|
|Aug. 17||TBD||Men||TBD – Quarters|
|Aug. 18||TBD||Women||TBD – Semis|
|Aug. 19||TBD||Men||TBD – Semis|
|Aug. 20||TBD||Women||TBD – Medals|
|Aug. 21||TBD||Men||TBD – Medals|
We can’t really get into details of how/where to find illegal streams or use VPNs or whatever here, but you’re free to provide tips to each other in the comments.
USA Basketball – DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry
DeRozan and Lowry both figure to come off the bench for the U.S., with Lowry backing up Kyrie Irving at the point and DeRozan rounding out a deep wing rotation (and, if exhibition games are any indication, operating as the third point guard in garbage time). Their workloads should be pretty light given the nature of the American roster and their dominance, but it should be fun to see them dominating.
Unfortunately, it seems likely you’ll need to find streams of USA games until the medal rounds if you’re in Canada.
|Aug. 6||6:00 PM||Men||v. China|
|Aug. 8||6:00 PM||Men||v. Venezuela|
|Aug. 10||6:00 PM||Men||v. Australia|
|Aug. 12||6:00 PM||Men||v. Serbia|
|Aug. 14||1:15 PM||Men||v. France|
Lithuania – Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas should be one of, if not the focal point of the Lithuanian offense, and this tournament represents a big opportunity for him to increase his profile. Underutilized in Toronto, Valanciunas could use a medal showing to make yet another argument that his teammate-cum-opponents should lean on him a little more often.
Unfortunately, it seems likely you’ll need to find streams of Lithuania games until the medal rounds if you’re in Canada.
|Aug. 7||1:15 PM||Men||v. Brazil|
|Aug. 9||6:00 PM||Men||v. Nigeria|
|Aug. 11||9:30 PM||Men||v. Argentina|
|Aug. 13||6:00 PM||Men||v. Spain|
|Aug. 15||9:30 PM||Men||v. Croatia|
Canada – Women’s National Team
The Canadian women have a legitimate chance to push for a medal here, returning the same roster that won the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament.
|Aug. 6||1:15 PM||Women||v. China||TSN|
|Aug. 8||1:15 PM||Women||v. Serbia||CBC|
|Aug. 10||4:45 PM||Women||v. Senegal||CBC|
|Aug. 12||2:30 PM||Women||v. USA||TSN|
|Aug. 14||4:45 PM||Women||v. Spain|