Olympic Basketball 2012: USA's Blowout Wins Spell Doom for Argentina
The conversation surrounding the United States men's basketball squad during these Olympic Games in London hasn't been about whether they can defeat the remaining teams in the tournament.
Rather, the big question is whether or not they could hypothetically beat the 1992 Dream Team, which is often heralded as the best basketball team ever constructed.
No one is debating whether or not the remaining three squads Argentina, Russia and Spain have any sort of shot at the gold medal—and rightfully so.
Often times, talented teams are over-hyped and fail to live up to expectations—but not Team USA, which has earned this immense respect in London.
Only two teams other than the US have broken the 100-point barrier during these Olympics.
Argentina topped Lithuania 102-79 in its opening game and Australia put up 106 on Great Britain in the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, the Americans have only failed to break 100 twice.
They recorded a mere 98 points against France and 99 in an uncharacteristically close game with Lithuania.
Aside from that, they've posted totals of 110, 119, 126 and 156, for an average of 118 per game.
As Team USA is 6-0 now in London, its average margin of victory is about 37 points.
In other words, you could take away the top two scorers for the US, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, who together average 35.1 points per game, and the squad would be just fine.
The Americans have crushed every team they've faced except for Lithuania, which they topped 99-94—which represents Argentina's only ray of hope for this semifinal game.
Unfortunately for Argentina, Team USA rebounded from that disappointing five-point win with a dominating performance—a 126-97 win over Argentina.
Then, Argentina bounced back from that loss with just a five-point win of its own over Brazil, while the US roasted Australia 119-86.
Now, the only country other than the US to win a gold medal in basketball since 1988 will have its rematch with a gold-medal game appearance on the line.
However, now that the chance to compete for gold is on the line, expect the American squad to be as sharp as ever.
In the quarterfinals, Argentina looked average, and Team USA looked simply unbeatable.
If Argentina is anything other than perfect against the US, they will not win.
There's no way around it.
Unless, of course Jordan, Magic and Bird decide to suit up in the Argentina sky blue—then we'll have a game on our hands.
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