•   
  •   

Sport Boomers tick off first big Olympics test

15:16  25 july  2021
15:16  25 july  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Million-dollar question: Olympic gold's true value

  Million-dollar question: Olympic gold's true value Matthew Pavlich: What's the true value of winning an Olympic gold medal and should professional athletes be eligible to cash in?What is it really worth for an athlete to attend the Olympics? How much does winning a medal change their ability to commercialise themselves? And importantly, should professional sports - such as soccer, golf and tennis that already attract significant revenue and profit - really be part of an Olympic Games?

The Boomers have kick-started their Tokyo Olympics with an 84-67 win over Nigeria in Group B.

As has been the case for over a decade now, veteran point guard and Australian flag bearer Patty Mills was the star for the Boomers in his fourth Olympics campaign.

The 32-year-old led the scoring for the Aussies, finishing the match with 25 points and six assists along with four steals on the defensive end.

OLYMPICS LIVE BLOG: DAY 2 UPDATES, NEWS, RESULTS

Nic Kay added 12 points, while Dante Exum and Joe Ingles both contributed with 11.

Patty Mills holding a football ball: Patty Mills of Australia takes on the defence of Josh Okogie of Nigeria during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) © Getty Patty Mills of Australia takes on the defence of Josh Okogie of Nigeria during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The match started off with neither side able to find an edge with scores locked at 23 apiece after the first quarter, before the Boomers edged away during the second term.

Here are some of the big moments to watch out for during the Tokyo Olympics

  Here are some of the big moments to watch out for during the Tokyo Olympics No-one can predict all the highlights of the Tokyo Olympics ahead of time, but here are our picks for surefire excitement across the Games. All Olympics coverage will be on Channel 7, and times are in AEST.Ariarne Titmus and the women's 400m freestyleOk, let's start with the obvious.The swimming finals are regularly some of the most watched events at any Olympics.This year's Australian team will put forward a strong offering and one of our best medal hopes is Ariarne Titmus.

With the Boomers holding a 43-40 lead at the end of the first half, they then turned it up on the defensive end in the third quarter by conceding only two points through the opening five minutes of play as Nigeria struggled to score.

That defensive effort allowed the Boomers to skip out to a nine-point lead, which gave the Aussies a comfortable cushion to work with for the remainder of the match.

While Australia produced a dominant fourth-quarter performance by outscoring Nigeria by 11 points, they may count themselves a tad lucky with their opponents having a horrible outing from the free-throw line.

Nigeria finished the match 12/24 (50 per cent) from the free-throw line, with the bulk of the poor shooting coming through the first three quarters. Australia only led by six points at the end of the third quarter.

Awful mix-up leaves silver medallist 'gutted'

  Awful mix-up leaves silver medallist 'gutted' A horrible breakdown in communication left the women's race road in chaos at the Tokyo Olympics.That's what you do when you think you've won Olympic gold -- except she hadn't.

Jahlil Okafor holding a football ball: Dante Exum of Australia takes on the defence of Jahlil Okafor of Nigeria during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) © Getty Dante Exum of Australia takes on the defence of Jahlil Okafor of Nigeria during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

"This is a team effort to get it under our belt," Mills said after the match.

"The moto of what we're trying to do here is a team effort and everyone played their part.

"A great team effort tonight. We know this is going to be a grind - game by game and our preparation was good.

"We always talk about building, game by game and practice by practice. There's a lot of things we can take out from this game and improve on."

The Australian squad's goal is to improve on their performance at Rio 2016, where they controversially lost to Spain in the final few seconds of the bronze medal match.

Baynes out of Olympics in big Boomers blow

  Baynes out of Olympics in big Boomers blow Veteran Boomers and NBA centre Aron Baynes has been ruled out of his third Olympic campaign with a neck injury after slipping on a changeroom floor.Boomers and NBA centre Aron Baynes has been ruled out of the Olympics after he slipped and fell on the changeroom floor during a game and aggravated a neck injury.

Like the Australian squad, Nigeria's was also stacked with NBA players.

Patty Mills holding a basketball: Patty Mills of Australia drives to the basket during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) © Getty Patty Mills of Australia drives to the basket during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Nigeria's 12-man squad bolsters eight current NBA players. Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), KZ Okpala (Heat), Miye Oni (Utah Jazz) and Gabe Vincent (Heat).

Nigeria's head coach Mike Brown is also no stranger to the basketball world, with nearly two decades of coaching experience in the NBA.

The Nigerian head coach at one stage was the man in charge of the LA Lakers during the Kobe Bryant era back in the 2011-12 NBA season.

For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!

Jahlil Okafor, Dmitry Klokov are posing for a picture: Matisse Thybulle of Australia slam dunks during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) © Getty Matisse Thybulle of Australia slam dunks during the preliminary rounds of the Men's Basketball match between Australia and Nigeria on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Boomers star secures long-awaited NBA deal .
After being forced to say no to NBA deals for years, Boomers sharpshooter Jock Landale will finally set foot in the United States.Landale has impressed in Australia's 4-0 start at the Tokyo Olympics, providing vital outside shooting and rebounding, particularly after the injury to Aron Baynes. He has averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game so far in Tokyo.

usr: 3
This is interesting!