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As we cheer Team USA’s Men’s Basketball Team at the Olympic games in London, we at BR5 thought it might be a good idea to get another perspective on what our boys’ chances are. Thankfully, we know Coach Tom over at Shot Science, and he’s got the scoop on which teams are the biggest threats to upset the U.S. this year in London.
Coach says Argentina could be a real problem for Team USA. He points to the narrow victory the US achieved against Argentina during an exhibition game before the Olympics began. He points to Manu Ginobili and other NBA veterans, as well as the fact that this group has been together for years.
Don’t forget, it was Argentina who eliminated Team USA in 2004 for gold. The Argentineans are also dangerous in their ability to score from anywhere.
For the US to win, Coach says they have to hit the ground running, be patient offensively and hope that they’ve gained some chemistry during their time together so far. The key is their big guys making big plays. The US is a little smaller overall, so Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler will be two players that need to step up for the U.S.
The other major threat the US faces this year is Spain. The key is their talent as well as their massive frontcourt. With Serge Ibaka, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, Team Spain will have an incredible advantage down low over the U.S., who has a smaller roster.
The key for the U.S. is for Tyson Chandler to stay out of foul trouble, and for Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to play strong basketball too.
Regardless of how these games turn out, they will certainly be must-see-TV.
Do you see another threat for the US going forward? Or maybe there’s a player we should be keeping an eye on that we missed here. Let us know below and don’t forget to subscribe!