Monday's contests bring group play in Olympic men's basketball to a close, and the fate of Spain (2-2) still hangs in the balance.
After faltering in their first two games against Croatia and Brazil, the Spanish national team has attempted to right the ship in their past two games. They managed to pull out a 96-87 over a last-place Nigerian team early last week, but then obliterated a talented Lithuania squad 109-59 on Saturday. Despite showing strongly in Spain's first two games, new Sixers point guard Sergio Rodriguez has not seen much of the floor in their most recent contests. He played a combined 29 minutes against Nigeria and Lithuania, scoring just 11 points and shooting 4-12 from the floor in those two games. Rodriguez played nearly 28 minutes in Spain's first game of the 2016 Olympics alone.
Rodriguez would certainly trade playing time for an opportunity to advance onto the knockout round, and his home country currently sits in a position to do that. Out of six teams in Group B, only four will advance; Spain currently sits tied with Croatia for fourth place with six points.
They're being handed their toughest task on Monday in an Argentina (3-1) team that just pulled out a 2OT thriller against Brazil. Former Sixer Andres Nocioni had a remarkable game, finishing with 37 points on 11-19 shooting.
On the flip side, Croatia is looking to re-find their footing after a shocking 90-76 loss at the hands of Nigeria. Saric played over 27 minutes, scoring seven points, six rebounds, and two steals, his lowest point total since the Spain game on August 7. Fortunately for Croatia, they're running into a Lithuania squad that's reeling from a massive defeat to Spain.
Spain's game at 6:00 p.m. and Croatia's game at 9:30 p.m. can both be streamed on NBCOlympics.com.