USA vs. Argentina: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info & Olympic Basketball Preview

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Lebron James #6 of United States reacts after making a three point shot against Lithuania during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After a complete thrashing of Nigeria (156-73) two games ago and a near loss to Lithuania (99-94) Saturday, Team USA will look to find its consistency before entering the knockout stages.

Facing Argentina on Monday will be Team USA's toughest test yet.

With a strong core of NBA players, Argentina has the talent to push Team USA to its limit. Because of the talent on the American roster, however, playing just average basketball should be enough to ensure victory.


Where: “Marshmallow” Basketball Arena, London, England

When: Monday, August 6 at 5:15 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Live Extra


Keys to Success


Team USA

After destroying Nigeria in record-breaking fashion, the Americans came into Saturday’s game complacent.

If the Americans don’t take its game against Argentina much more serious than it took the meeting with the Lithuanians, stars like Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola will exploit Team USA.

Scoring isn't an issue for Team USA. With a sheer lack of depth in the low post, the United States must depend on its biggest stars to pick it up defensively.

We may even see LeBron James slide over to the 4-spot—a move like that is crazy enough to work at the Olympic level.



Argentina will enter Monday’s game with a record of 3-1, but its chance of beating the United States is small, especially if Team USA has vengeance on its mind.

Led by NBA veterans Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, Argentina must withstand the inevitable first-quarter surge by the Americans.

If Argentina can keep the score close entering the second half, it has the talent and experience to make this game competitive.

Controlling the paint could be an area where the Argentinians can exploit the Americans. Scola always seems to come up big at the Olympic level.


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