So the Olympics are underway. Before we get to basketball let's just talk what are Raptors broadcasters have been up to with the Olympics going on. You have Paul Jones calling the action for women's basketball over in London. Canada did in fact qualify in Women's basketball and all most started the tournament with a huge shock beating Russia but fell short. The Men of course are not there, something Steve Nash will be looking to change for 2016 in Brazil. Paul's partner in crime on the radio Eric Smith is calling play by play on boxing with Russ Amber in London. Matt Devlin who in the past has worked for NBC covering wrestling at the last games in China has decided to take a pass on the Olympics this time. He is getting to know Canada as he was in Montreal and Calgary calling CFL Games for TSN. Matt in the past has worked covering college football in the U.S on the Big Ten Network. So everybody is doing some different things. Myself the Olympics turn DNB HQ in to Olympics HQ as my mom has always been a fan of the games. So if I seem like I haven't slept over the next two weeks it is probably true.
As for the Raptors at the Olympics Linas and Jonas got a good old fashion butt kicking as Lithuania who was a last chance qualifier was no match vs medal favourite Argentina 102-79. In terms of what the Raptors did in that effort:
Linas Kleiza 20 points, 7/11 FG's, 1-1 3pt Range, 7 Rebounds and 1 Assist and 1 Steal
I know you really don't care right? After all we have seen Linas go off for Lithuania before only to see no evidence of it when he returns to the the Raptors. What did Jonas do?
Jonas Valancuinas 6 points 5 rebounds going 3/4 from field in 14 minutes.
Not exactly setting the world on fire but good performance in limited minutes against a tough team in Argentina.
Then of course we have Jose Calderon the Spanish Starter by default with no Ricky Rubio. Spain had little trouble taking care of China 97-81. Spain got into hot water in past for a photo shout make their eyes look Asian. They eye a finals match up with the U.S down the line. As for Toronto's soon to be back-up point guard:
Calderon 12 points 3/6 from field 3 Rebounds 3 Assists 2 Turnovers and a steal.
Spain was led by Pau Gasol with 21 and Jeremy Lin is not playing for China or the U.S Dream Team in case you were wondering. Speaking of the U.S they had no issues smashing Tony Parker and France 91-78 led by 21 points from Kevin Durant. Raptors had interest at one time in Andre Kirilenko who went off going 14-17 for 35 points in a 20 point win over the hosts Great Britain 95-75.
Canada's Women take on the hosts Great Britain later today in their second game of the competition. So good luck to the ladies. That is about it from me it is back to watching some sports that I have not watched in 4 years. I can't wait for speed walking!!!