U.S. men's basketball team ends the Olympic warm-up match with two wins and two losses
7/22/2021 4:39:11 AM
After Las Vegas defeated the Spanish team in an 83:76 reversal, the U.S. team ended the Tokyo Olympic warm-up match with a record of two wins and two losses.
The U.S. team lost to Nigeria 87:90 and lost to Australia 83:91, and suffered a two-game losing streak. Against the Argentina team, the US team won 108:80.
Against the Spanish team, Lillard scored a team-high 19 points and Durant contributed 14 points. Johnson, who just joined the team, scored 15 points on 7 of 9 shots. Rubio contributed 23 points for the Spanish team. At the end of the half, the Spanish team led by 38:36, but the LaVine of the US team broke out in the fourth quarter. All of his 13 points came from this quarter. In the end, the US team won 83:76.
Prior to this, Love of the Cavaliers and Bill of the Wizards withdrew from the US team, Johnson of the Spurs and McGee of the Nuggets joined. Regarding Johnson's performance against the Spanish team, coach Popovich said: "His half-court defense is very strong, the offense is also very aggressive, and he played a very good game."
Although the performance of the U.S. team in the Olympic warm-up match is difficult to convince the public, Spanish star Rubio does not think that the U.S. men’s basketball team is such a strength: "They will adjust later. This is the first time they have played together. It will take time. If It would be very scary for them to cooperate with each other."