Draymond Green, Team USA crush Argentina for trip to Olympic semis
Aug 21, 2016, 01:36
"And as fierce a competitor that as a coach I've had to face in my entire time in global basketball", Krzyzewski said.
A slight lineup change and revised substitution pattern helped Team USA find its groove Wednesday, as it broke free from Argentina, 105-78, in a semifinal game of the Olympic basketball tournament. It happens. But the United States has won the past two Olympic titles and figures to claim a third straight gold Sunday as long as it remembers to play with energy and passion. "I really think we can do it, but we have to have the flawless game".
After Team USA's 27-point win over Argentina, Kevin Durant put it on the table at the press conference talking about his mental preparation for a game.
Here are three takeaways from the USA men's basketball team's 82-76 win over Spain on Friday.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead the U.S., which overcame an early 10-point deficit to rout Argentina over the final three quarters.
The answer might be nothing. At least it there wasn't anything wrong against Argentina.
Tony Parker, 34, confirmed after the loss that he had played his final game for France.
The defeat marked the end of a storied global career for the 39-year-old Ginobili, who led Argentina to gold during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. "It was fun. It's a lot of years", said Luis Scola, who is also 36 but plans to keep playing. The Spaniards got easy looks at the basket and dissected a French team that came to Brazil with medal hopes but leaves empty-handed. In the final minutes, the blue-and-white clad fans poured into one end of Carioca Arena, where they shouted and danced side to side. "They were just very cool and important displays of affection and respect".
Even worse, were they going to lose to Argentina before they even got to the medal round? They went on a 16-2 run from there and took a 25-21 lead into the second quarter.
Cousins, the normal starting center playing as a reserve, finished with 15 points.
The United States and Spain played early in the group stage, with the USA romping to a 103-63 win, and few expect a different outcome on Saturday.
The loudest crowd yet for a USA game, featuring boxer Floyd Mayweather and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, was treated to an explosive performance by the Americans, with devastating crossovers by Durant and Kyrie Irving that left defenders helpless and brought teammates to their feet on the bench. The Americans led 56-40 at halftime.
Spain's men's basketball team is on a roll at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with three straight convincing wins against Lithuania, Argentina and France.
Serbia pulled off the biggest Olympics women's basketball tournament in the quarterfinals, knocking off one of the silver medal contenders in Australia.
"It's going to be a different game Saturday", U.S. forward Angel McCoughtry said.
Team USA's performance was a welcomed departure from its previous three games, when it defeated Australia by 10 points, Serbia by three and France by three.
They were finally in top form Wednesday.
Manu Ginobili, the future Hall of Famer and four-time National Basketball Association champion was the last to walk off the floor after the game.
"I'm the best when I don't care if we win or lose", Durant said.
Durant was 9 of 13 from the field and a staggering 7 of 9 from beyond the arc to lead the United States with 27 points. Faciando Campazzo added 13 and Andres Nocioni chipped in 12. George was next in line with 17 points (on 8 of 14 shooting) and 8 rebounds.
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I can play right tackle or anywhere on the line", Davis said. "But we're going to be very smart in how that's done". Some reports called it a "dead arm" and said he could be out for weeks trying to get it back on track.
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