This assertion could sound loopy, nevertheless it’s true: The U.S. males’s basketball workforce actually wants a win proper now.
Group USA is trying to keep away from a three-game shedding streak heading into Tuesday night time’s contest in opposition to Argentina. The Individuals surprisingly fell to Nigeria and Australia in its first two exhibition video games, leaving loads of followers involved with the Tokyo Olympics quick approaching.
However Group USA coach Gregg Popovich would not sound too involved, as he’s centered on course of over outcomes.
“I used to be happy. I believed we acquired higher tonight,” Popovich mentioned after the loss to Australia. “After a short while collectively, there’s lots of issues that must be lined, however the first half and the second half have been two completely different beasts. Within the first half, we defended the way in which we needed to defend, the way in which we didn’t defend in opposition to Nigeria. We have been extra bodily. We sustained the protection longer. We rebounded higher. We moved the ball higher on the offensive finish and had extra tempo.
“The second half, we drained out. When that occurs, you get hit mentally a little bit bit, too, and we did not maintain the board the identical approach. The protection wasn’t the identical. Our tempo wasn’t the identical. … Normally, we’d like extra conditioning, which is completely comprehensible. We’re simply sticking with the method of making an attempt to get higher with each recreation. And we did that tonight, so I used to be happy with what I noticed.”
Can Group USA keep away from one more upset?
Sporting Information will present reside updates and highlights from the U.S. Olympic males’s basketball workforce’s exhibition recreation in opposition to Argentina. Observe alongside proper right here.
USA vs. Argentina rating
USA vs. Argentina reside updates, highlights
(All instances Japanese)
6:30 p.m. — Jerami Grant is outwardly hoping to affix the U.S. males’s volleyball workforce.
Finish of first quarter: USA 33, Argentina 19
6:20 p.m. — Group USA catches fireplace from the skin within the opening interval, hitting six of its first 9 3-point makes an attempt.
6:10 p.m. — An amazing begin for Group USA. The Individuals have rapidly jumped out to a double-digit lead.
6 p.m. — The starters for every workforce…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
- Argentina: Facundo Campazzo, Patricio Garino, Nicolas Brussino, Luis Scola, Marcos Delia
6 p.m. — A Damian Lillard brand shot in sluggish movement? Lovely.
5:40 p.m. — Group USA pronounces that Jayson Tatum won’t play in opposition to Argentina.
Jayson Tatum won’t play tonight vs. Argentina as a consequence of proper knee soreness. He’s daily, Group USA says.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2021
watch USA basketball
All 5 USA Olympic males’s basketball exhibition video games might be broadcast reside on NBCSN earlier than the Individuals head off to Tokyo.
You may as well stream Group USA video games on-line with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
|Date||Recreation||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 10||USA vs. Nigeria||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 12||USA vs. Australia||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 13||USA vs. Argentina||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 16||USA vs. Australia||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 18||USA vs. Spain||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
When do the Olympics begin?
The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The boys’s basketball match ideas off two days afterward July 25 and ends with the medal video games on Aug. 6-7.
Group USA is one in every of 12 groups to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will likely be taking part in in Group A. Its group-play opponents might be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
|July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m.|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.|
|Aug. 3||Males’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Males’s basketball semifinals||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Males’s basketball gold-medal recreation||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Males’s basketball bronze-medal recreation||TBD|