US Men’s Basketball Team Looks Strong in Pre-Olympics Game Against Argentina

US Men’s Basketball Team Looks Strong in Pre-Olympics Game Against Argentina

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The US Men’s basketball team is finally looking like it’s hitting its stride. Led by longtime NFL coach Gregg Popovich, the US Men’s team is considered a favorite by many to take home the gold m

The US Men’s basketball team is finally looking like it’s hitting its stride. Led by longtime NFL coach Gregg Popovich, the US Men’s team is considered a favorite by many to take home the gold medal during the Tokyo Olympics. After a pair of pre-Olympics exhibition matches saw the team losing in surprise upsets, some observers worried that Kevin Durant and the rest of the team’s offense weren’t going to be able to impress on the international level.

Durant is fresh off the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA postseason run, and commentators noted that his 10-for-26 shooting against Nigeria and Australia left a lot to be desired. Popovich told reporters that the US team was simply in the process of knocking the rust off. “Against Australia, we competed well, rebounded, played defense, ran the floor, and had good pace for a half, and then it dissipated for a half. Tonight, we maintained that pretty much throughout the game. Hopefully, that’s a sign we’re getting better.”

Conditioning and Practice

Popovich told reporters that the American team was getting into top shape ahead of the games. Many of the Team USA players are NBA professionals, and the 2020 and 2021 seasons have been relentless for them. They needed some rest after the marathon seasons and weren’t in their peak shape when they came in to play the exhibition matches.

Thankfully, these matches are just friendly, giving the men an opportunity to get back into the suitable condition for the competition. Notably, Argentina is the weakest of the international teams the US has yet faced: they’re 0-for-3 during the exhibition matches, leading to some US fans worrying about the team’s performance on the world stage.

Popovich told reporters that conditioning is the main focus for the team ahead of the start of the Olympics. “The last thing we want to do is overwork people to the point where we get injuries, but the first priority is we have to get back in shape,” the coach insists.

“We’re going to continue to work hard like we need to. Without the condition, we can’t get this done.”

The Olympic Games

The US team will play two more exhibition matches before the basketball events start. The next will be on July 16 against Australia again, while the fifth and final will be against Spain on July 18. Popovich is hopeful that the team will work themselves into top form across these remaining exhibition matches.

The basketball events at the Tokyo Olympics will start on Sunday, July 25, and the US will play in Group A. Their first game is against France. The other two teams in the same group as the US, Iran, and the Czech Republic, will play against the team on July 28 and 31.

After the group stage, the tournament will become a single-elimination bracket. The teams with the best records from the group stage will advance into the single-elimination tournament, with the Gold Medal game being held on August 6 between the two finalists.

edal during the Tokyo Olympics. After a pair of pre-Olympics exhibition matches saw the team losing in surprise upsets, some observers worried that Kevin Durant and the rest of the team’s offense weren’t going to be able to impress on the international level.

Durant is fresh off of the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA postseason run, and commentators noted that his 10-for-26 shooting against Nigeria and Australia left a lot to be desired. Popovich told reporters that the US team was simply in the process of knocking the rust off. “Against Australia we competed well, rebounded, played defense, ran the floor and had good pace for a half and then it dissipated for a half. Tonight, we maintained that pretty much throughout the game. Hopefully that’s a sign we’re getting better.”

Conditioning and Practice

Popovich told reporters that the American team was simply getting into top shape ahead of the games. Many of the Team USA players are NBA professionals, and the 2020 and 2021 seasons have been relentless for them. They simply needed some rest after the marathon seasons, and weren’t in their peak shape when they came in to play the exhibition matches.

Thankfully, these matches are just friendly, giving the men an opportunity to get back into the right condition for the competition. Notably, Argentina is the weakest of the international teams the US has yet faced: they’re 0-for-3 during the exhibition matches, leading to some US fans worrying for the team’s performance on the world stage.

Popovich told reporters that conditioning is the main focus for the team ahead of the start of the Olympics. “The last thing we want to do is overwork people to the point where we get injuries, but the first priority is we have to get back in shape,” the coach insists.

“We’re going to continue to work hard like we need to. Without the condition we can’t get this done.”

The Olympic Games

The US team will play two more exhibition matches before the basketball events start. The next will be on July 16 against Australia again, while the fifth and final will be against Spain on July 18. Popovich is hopeful that the team will be able to work themselves into top form across these remaining exhibition matches.

The basketball events at the Tokyo Olympics will start on Sunday, July 25, and the US will play in Group A. Their first game be against France. The other two teams in the same group as the US, Iran and the Czech Republic, will play against the team on July 28 and 31, respectively.

After the group stage, the tournament will become a single-elimination bracket. The teams with the best records from the group stage will advance into the single elimination tournament, with the Gold Medal game being held on August 6 between the two finalists.