All Of The Basketball Games Had Truly Weird Endings

Brazil beats Russia on a wild three-pointer, and I’m still trying to figure out what happened in Great Britain vs. Spain.

1. EXHIBIT A: Russia drains a game-winning off-balance three-pointer against Brazil

Important because, by beating Brazil, Russia decreased its chances of facing the juggernaut that is the U.S. men’s basketball team in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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2. EXHIBIT B: Britain drains a three and then lets Spain dribble out the clock

This ending was a bit weirder. After Luol Deng cut the lead down to one point, about seven seconds remained on the clock. Instead of putting Spain on the line and giving themselves a chance to win or tie, though, Great Britain let Jose Calderon dribble out the remainder of the clock, effectively conceding the game. For no reason. At all. What could’ve been a huge, defining moment for the British Olympic effort turned into a peculiar and inexplicable footnote.

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