Found August 06, 2012 on NBA 24/7 365:

With a $20 million contract to play basketball alongside Ricky Rubio and a wife that compares infidelity to pizza, Andrei Kirilenko is undeniably one of the luckiest people in the history of mankind.  On this day, though, he’s been forced to suffer the agony of defeat, meaning he and his Russian teammates are no longer unbeaten in London.  As you can see in the video above, they lost to Patty Mills and the Australians on a buzzer-beating three-point dagger.

Mills had shot just 4-15 prior to sinking the game-winner, but a beautifully-executed give-and-go which utilized a poorly-defended screen freed Australia’s leading scorer for as clean a look as one could possibly wish for.

Tough break for Russia, but you ought not worry about Andrei.  He’s still a top-10 scorer in these Olympics, Russia had already clinched the top spot in group B, and that scary coach from Utah is nowhere to be found.

As for Patty Mills and company… other results failed to go their way, which means they still face certain death at the hands of the USA in the quarterfinals.  Still, Mills figures to finish his summer having had a more impressive Olympic tournament than the man he backs up, Tony Parker.  While that doesn’t really mean anything, it probably feels good, I suppose.

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