Nice to see Boti repeating most of what I've said ;)
In truth though, that controversy helped Australia stuff itself up in Spain two years ago, leading Turkey 64-59 in their Round of 16 KO match with 62 seconds remaining.
The last minute belonged to Turkey's Emir Preldzic when he first buried an unbelievable 3-pointer with 48 seconds left. The Boomers then committed a shot-clock violation and Preldzic hit the shot of the tournament, a contested three with five seconds left for a 65-64 lead.
Five seconds left. Sound familiar?
Australia went to Joe Ingles for the final possession but he lost control of the ball as time expired.
Fast-forward two years to Rio and with 5.4 seconds left, once again Australia turns over its final possession and, once again, doesn't even get a shot up to pinch the game back.
The single criticism I would level at this Boomers team - our greatest by a mile – is in consecutive major tournaments, it could not get a shot off on its final possession after having a timeout to set it up.
That is the really troubling thing. It's unforgivable.
Baynes was solid but had a few confidence issues at times while Matthew Dellavedova (pictured above) was superb for the most part.
Joe Ingles’ offensive confidence was missing early but when he hit the game-breaking 3-pointer in the 11-0 intrapool run home over Serbia, it looked as if he’d overcome it. But he hadn’t, his reluctance to shoot from range brutally exposed by Serbia the second time around.
That lovable larrikin intercepting inbounds passes and hitting step-back threes was very difficult to find in Rio.
I would disagree with Baynes having a solid tournament, a big man that can't even make 45% of his dunks, lay-ups and hook shots? Baynes should be there for screens and rebounding nothing else he's got no business touching the ball offensively anymore.
Ingles unfortunately is past it.