Syracuse, N.Y. — Michael Gbinije watched from the Nigeria basketball bench Tuesday night as his team lost to Lithuania in Olympic basketball pool play.
Gbinije never took off his warmup jacket, never warmed up with his team. Nigeria basketball reported Gbinije missed the game because of illness. He has reportedly been sick for a couple days.
Nigeria lost to Lithuania 89-80. Nigeria led for part of the game. The team played without Gbinije and without Shane Lawal, the Nigerian big man who was injured in his first game in Rio. Gbinije started for Nigeria against Argentina Sunday and played nearly 29 minutes in that loss.
Gbinije sat next to the Nigeria training staff during Tuesday's game. It's unclear whether he'll be physically able to play Thursday, when Nigeria meets Spain.