USA vs Argentina: Matchups to Watch for in Olympic Exhibition Game

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 21, 2012

July 21, 2012; Barcelona, SPAIN; USA players Anthony Davis (left) , Andre Iguodala (9) and James Harden (right) stretch during practice in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The U.S. Olympic basketball team's next test comes against Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Argentina.

As Team USA warms up for the London Games, we will get to see the team in action for a fourth time before the Olympics begin.

These are the matchups you have to watch when the U.S. takes on Argentina.


Game Info

Where: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain

When: Sunday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

Watch: ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3


Matchups to Watch


Who Will Stop Tyson Chandler?

For all we make of the U.S. roster not having many big men, Team USA is better off in the frontcourt than Argentina.

With 7'1" Tyson Chandler eating up space in the post, a small Argentina team might not be able to stop him.

The biggest player on the Argentinian roster is 6'10" Martin Leiva, and he cannot compete with the gigantic force that is Chandler.


Will Manu Ginobili Burn Team USA?

Ginobili is clearly the best player on Argentina's roster, and he has to be considered one of the best players that Team USA has faced thus far.

The question facing the U.S. is whether or not Ginobili will find a way to burn them, especially against such great guards.


Luis Scola

Scola is not exactly an elite big man, but he's a good test for Team USA.

Power forwards like Anthony Davis and Kevin Love will finally be tested against a good NBA forward, and he could be a warmup for the elite bigs the U.S. will be facing in London.



Argentina can't take advantage of the lack of big men on the U.S. roster, and does not have the same level of guard play as Team USA. This will leave them with a huge loss.

Final Score: United State 124, Argentina 81