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Predictions for Team USA vs. Argentina Olympics Basketball Semifinals

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterDecember 23, 2016

Beware the Argentine Old Man Game! Sure, this collection of grizzled, slightly flabby vets doesn't look so imposing, but Team USA would be foolish to take them lightly. 

Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili are two of basketball's smartest operators. Manu may be 35 years old, but he's so wise about moving laterally that he almost renders standard notions of athleticism irrelevant. If Ginobili comes out firing, the Americans could have a fight on their hands.

Scola is a FIBA superstar, and the US doesn't quite have the right personnel to guard his nuanced post game. LeBron will get some time on Scola, as will Melo, though neither is a natural post defender. The Americans will be the favorite in any game they play, but they cannot be guaranteed a victory here. 

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