Team USA Basketball: Brazil's Experience a Threat to USA's All-Star Roster

Amy Streifer@AmyStreiferCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12:  Kobe Bryant #10 of the US Men's Senior National Team looks on during a pre-Olympic exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States won the game 113-59.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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During the 2010 World Championship, Brazil gave the United States their toughest competition when the US won by the skin of their teeth 70-68.

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the USA Olympic Basketball men's team will play Brazil again. Last Thursday, USA crushed Dominican Republic 113-59 in their first exhibition game, but it won't be such a blowout against Brazil during the second.

Brazil will be a tough matchup for Team USA, especially since they have NBA players such as Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa. Brazil is ranked 13th in the world by FIBA, and there's no doubt that they will be out to take down USA.

Splitter, Varejao and Barbosa have 19 years of NBA experience combined, and they will try to use that to their advantage when they face Team USA.

Team USA's roster is stacked with All-Stars like Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, but if they come into the game with too much confidence they might find themselves facing an unexpected loss. 

Bryant and company must come out strong and play aggressively against Brazil, because it's definite that Brazil will try to take advantage of any mistakes Team USA makes. 

If we have to guess, Team USA will walk away with a victory against Brazil's experienced roster, but it will also no doubt be one of the toughest competitors that they face. If Team USA wants to walk away with the gold medal in London, they'll have to dominate Brazil and prove that they're the best team.