Good morning. Let's basketball.
KNOCKOUT: The men's Olympic basketball tournament goes into knockouts on Wednesday. The schedule! (All times ET.)
Australia vs. Lithuania, 10 a.m.
Spain vs. France, 1:30 p.m.
United States vs. Argentina, 5:45 p.m.
Croatia vs. Serbia, 9:15 p.m.
All games are streaming live on NBCOlympics.com. The Team USA game will also be on NBCSN. Marc Stein is RELISHING the opportunity for a competitive, compelling knockout round. Let's go!
SPEAKING OF KNOCKOUTS ... The Team USA women won their quarterfinal by 46 over Japan.
RANK 'EM: Stein ranks the eight teams left on the men's side. Australia at No. 2, Croatia at No. 6 -- that'll turn some heads.
HERKY JERKY: I wrote about how Jerry Colangelo's blueprint to build Team USA continuity has failed and will likely never work due to the very nature of NBA participation in international competition. (Here are some excellent charts detailed the lack of continuity via eldo.co.)
WELL THAT'S A RELIEF: Playing for Team USA does not hurt players' performance in the ensuing season.
HOW WE TALK ABOUT SPORTS: This is a really good essay by Jay Caspian Kang on narrative vs. rationality in sportswriting. I need to marinate with it before really sharing thoughts, though.
YI SEASON APPROACHING: There are reports that the Lakers are bringing Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.
DIGGING FOR GOLD: The Limited Upside podcast world tour lands in Denver.
TOOLS ON TOOLS ON TOOLS: Ricky O'Donnell has a profile of Michael Porter, Jr., the most versatile top prospect of 2017.
Happy Wednesday. Enjoy the basketball. See you next time.