There is nowhere safe to turn when it comes to Olympic basketball competition. Pool A at the Games will feature heavyweights USA and Argentina, as well as the might of France and Lithuania. Tunisia and Cinderella story Nigeria have their work set out for them, getting through that group. Group B, whilst slightly more palatable, is no walk in the park.
Game 1 of competition in Group B features China taking on likely medalists Spain, host nation Great Britain showing their wares against Russia and Australia facing Brazil. Whilst Team USA are rightly predicted to destroy all in their path, there are a stack of quality international basketball teams named in the past few sentences -- any of them can give you fits on any given day of competition.
The battles between the teams on the cusp of "medalling" (a word which has somehow fallen into the Olympic vernacular in recent years) will no doubt be the most entertaining. When Australia and Brazil meet, there will be enough talent on court to keep the spectators occupied. Despite Brazil coming out on top in a recent meeting, Patty Mills thinks that his Boomers have enough up their collective sleeve to surprise the Brazilians:
"It was a tricky situation because the exhibition game was scheduled before our actual London schedule had come out," Mills told reporters on Wednesday.
"On purpose we didn't play the way that we want to play, we are kind of saving it for the real deal.
"There are still a lot of things we can learn from that game and definitely we learned a lot about what they can and can't do."
Boasting NBA-caliber talents such as Nene Hilario, Leandrinho Barbosa, Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao, Brazil are big, physical and can put points on the board in a hurry. Australia will be relying on the physicality of their own bigs such as Aleks Maric, Aron Baynes, David Andersen and captain Matt Nielsen to counter.
As always, Mills himself will be a huge key to Australia's fortunes. His speed and quick release outside shooting are world class aspects to his game. When the lightning fast point guard is firing, he can put on bursts of points which are hard to match.
What surprises will Australia show Brazil? We wait and see. That's why they play the games.
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