Canada knocking off France the way they did is not what most saw coming. Kelly Olynyk finished with 18 points on 5- 9 FG and 2-5 3PT to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in an immortalizing win over the Frenchmen. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also added 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Canadians.
Beautiful pass by Olynyk to a cutting Lu Dort pic.twitter.com/Unw7tjKZv8— Esfandiar Baraheni (@JustEsBaraheni) August 25, 2023
FIBA Olynyk is HERE pic.twitter.com/MGxwZo8ayM— Esfandiar Baraheni (@JustEsBaraheni) August 25, 2023
Kevin Pangos didn’t make an appearance for Canada as he is receiving extra rest following the conclusion of the 2022-23 campaign at the club level with EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.
The Canadians will have a chance to likely secure a spot in the second round when they face Lebanon on Sunday, August 27 at 3:45 AM MT. If Canada wants to medal for the first time at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, they will need everything out of Kelly Olynyk.
Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho