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.

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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