The headline, "Slovenia slaughter Canada," kind of says it all -- the 86-70 loss at the last-chance Olympic basketball qualifier wasn't even close. It doesn't even need to be pointed out. It was rough.
Jermaine Anderson got in early foul trouble and that started the unravelling. Rowan Barrett put up 16 points in a losing cause. Forty per cent shooting from Canada ... well, tomorrow morning vs. Korea is another day, but it's hard to put a gloss on this game.
If Canada doesn't make it, definitely you should cheer for Slovenia to earn a spot in the Olympics. Not only do they have two likeable ex-Raptors, Rasho Nesterovic and Uros Slokar, but their point guard is a left-hander.
The Canada-Korea winner would face the winner of Croatia and Puerto Rico on Friday morning. The smart money is on Croatia, plus it would also be a chance for a Canadian audience to get to know Raptor-in-waiting Roko Ukić.
(Mike, as a proud Croatian, will have a conflict of interest if that matchup comes to pass, but presumably he'll be conflict in a good way.)