The Paralympic portion of the summer Games begins next Tuesday, 24 August, with the Men's and Women's wheelchair basketball beginning almost immediately following the opening ceremony.
GB's Women begin their campaign at 6:45am UK time against Canada on Wednesday 25 August, whilst the Men get underway a day later as they take on Algeria, also with a tip off of 6:45am.
Both teams will be looking to grab their first ever gold medal in the event, though the Men have picked up both silver (three) and bronze (five) medals since the sport's introduction at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Wheelchair basketball has been a part of the Paralympics since the first Games in Rome in 1960.
For most basketball fans, things will immediately feel pretty familiar. The court is the same size and the the basket is the same height, each team consists of five players and a team has 24 seconds from taking possession to attempt a shot on offence.
The scoring system is the same, with the standard two points for a field goal and three for a shot made behind the arc, plus one point for a free-throw. Games also consist of four quarters of 10 minutes each.
One thing to keep in mind is the scoring system assigned to each player. All players are given a points total ranging from 1.0 (the most impaired) up to 4.5 (the least impaired) and this is based on an athlete's ability to perform various basketball skills.
Each game day squad can consist of up to 12 players of varying points totals, with the standard five players on the court at any one time. To ensure fair play, the points total of all five players on court must not exceed a combined total of 14.0 points.
So what are GB's medal hopes heading into the Games? In short, pretty good!
The men are current world and European champions. 2018 Worlds MVP Gregg Warburton is sure to play a pivotal role in any potential success, and it's worth noting that Terry Bywater will be playing in his sixth Paralympics, an incredible achievement!
The women have never won a Paralympic medal but were runners-up at both of the recent worlds and Europeans. Amy Conroy, Helen Freeman, Joy Haizelden and Robyn Love are all named to look out for as the team tries to improve on fourth place from Rio 2016.
The road to success won't be easy for either side though. USA are defending champs in both the men's and women's competitions, with the women winning gold in three of the last four Games (2016, 2008, 2004).
As expected, Spain and Australia are both strong on the men's side, with the Europeans taking a silver medal home from the 2016 Games.
The Netherlands are the women's world and European champions and Germany are always a tough opponent after making the gold medal game at the last three Games, winning gold in 2012 and settling for silver in 2008 and 2016.
The Paralympic Basketball Tournament schedule can be found here.
Channel 4 is the place to be for all Paralympic coverage, with lofty aims to show an incredible amount of action across their various TV and online channels.
Their Paralympics Microsite will also feature 16 live streams and over 1,000 hours of coverage – a first from a UK broadcaster.
For more on Channel 4's coverage plans, please click here.
The Channel 4 website has also set up a dedicated page for Paralympic coverage. For more, click here.
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