With the 2016 Rio Olympics just days away, there is some Thunder influence in Brazil. Domantas Sabonis and Alex Abrines will be playing for the respective countries, Lithuania and Spain. Team USA will be there, too. However, most don’t seem to care about that since Kevin Durant is playing for the Team USA and there are no Thunder players on the roster this season. August 13 with Spain and Lithuania playing each other should be fun.
If you’re unaware of the Olympic format: Basically six squads in two groups, A and B, they play round robin in the preliminary round, that’s five games each. The top four in each group move onto the knockout stage, in which it’s a single elimination bracket to the Gold Medal Game.
Most of the basketball, specifically Team USA, will be shown on NBCSN. However, I’ve listed which games show up on the channel guide and if you can’t find it there, all can be shown on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.
Here’s the Olympic schedule for Spain, Lithuania, and Team USA:
Spain (Group B)
All times are Central Standard
- Aug 7: Croatia, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 9: Brazil, 12:15 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 11: Nigeria, 5 p.m. TBA
- Aug 13: Lithuania, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 15: Argentina, 5 p.m. NBCSN
Lithuania (Group B)
- Aug 7: Brazil, 12:15 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 9: Nigeria, 5 p.m. TBA
- Aug 11: Argentina, 8:30 p.m. TBA
- Aug 13: Spain, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 15: Croatia, 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Team USA (Group A)
- Aug 6: China, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 8: Venezuela, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 10: Australia, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 12: Serbia, 5 p.m. NBCSN
- Aug 14: France, 12:15 p.m. NBCSN
Knock out Stage
Aug 17: Game 31 A1 vs. B4, 9 a.m.
Aug 17: Game 32 A2 vs. B3, 12:30 p.m.
Aug 17: Game 33 B1 vs. A4, 4:30 p.m.
Aug 17: Game 34 B2 vs. A3, 8:15 p.m.
Aug 19: Game 35: Game 32 winner vs. Game 33 winner, 1:30 p.m.
Aug 19: Game 36: Game 31 winner vs. Game 34 winner, 5 p.m.
Bronze Medal Game
Aug 21: Game 37: Game 35 loser vs. Game 36 loser, 9:30 a.m.
Gold Medal Game
Aug 23: Game 38: Game 35 winner vs. Game 36 winner, 1:45 p.m.Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder tickets? Thunder Digest has you covered at Totallytickets.com! We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!