The basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics continues this Wednesday when the United States faces Argentina in quarterfinal action. Here are all the things you need to know for USA vs. Argentina including previews, predictions, and live stream links.
The USA Men’s National Basketball Team finished the group stages at the top of Group A with a record of 5-0. They defeated France in another close game 100-97, something that has happened in the past three games.
Klay Thompson exploded with 30 points, hitting seven three-pointers while Kevin Durant added 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Kyrie Irving had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists as Team USA failed to pull away from the Frenchmen.
On the other hand, the Argentina Men’s National Basketball Team is coming off a loss to Spain on Sunday. In what was thought as a competitive game became a blowout as the reigning Silver Medalists won 92-73.
Nicolás Laprovíttola led the Argentines with 21 points, one rebounds, four assists and four steals. Manu Ginobili added 16 points while Facundo Campazzo scored 10 points but it was not enough to prevent the blowout loss.
Team USA defeated Argentina 111-74 during the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase last July 22 in Las Vegas. USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be looking to get Kevin Durant going much like he did in previous games in Rio.
“When we started shooting well I thought it was more of a team rhythm and then we got into a Durant rhythm for a little bit,” Krzyzewski said, via USAB.com.
USA is still the favorite to win the tournament but they know that it will not be easy. If anyone can pull off an upset, it is the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Argentina. However, the Americans will come out on top and move on to the semifinals with another close win.
USA vs. Argentina Predicted Lineups
- USA : PG – Kyrie Irving, SG – Klay Thompson, SF – Kevin Durant, PF – Carmelo Anthony, C – DeMarcus Cousins
- Argentina: PG – Facundo Campazzo, SG – Manu Ginobili, SF – Andres Nocioni, PF – Luis Scola, C – Patricio Garino
USA vs. Argentina Schedule and Live Stream Links
- Schedule: August 17, 5:45 PM ET Live on NBC Sports Network
- Venue: Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCOlympics.com