USA vs. Argentina: Team USA Will Pound Manu Ginobili and Company to Reach Finals

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IAugust 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Lebron James #6 of United States handles the ball during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Argentina on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012  in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Argentina is one of the most talented and well-rounded teams in the world, but they will still be routed by Team USA.

These two international powerhouses will square off today in the semifinals, and to be honest, it won't be much of a game.

The U.S. has a decided advantage at every position on the floor, except maybe center, and if that wasn't enough, they're confident heading in.

Team USA is a perfect 6-0 thus far in the Olympic tournament, and has been absolutely dominating teams. They've won every game, except one, by 25 points or more, and even set Olympic scoring records in their 83-point demolishing of Nigeria.

Argentina played the U.S. a bit closer than that in their first matchup—Team USA only won by a measly 29 points—but the game was really never close after the first half.

But still, people question this team’s ability to take on the inside presence from squads like Argentina and Spain, pointing to their six-point win against the Argentinians in a tuneup game as evidence.

However, no matter how talented their bigs like Luis Scola are on the inside and how great Manu Ginobili is on the perimeter, they still can't contend with the American's depth.

Team USA is made up of 11 All-Stars and one No. 1 overall draft pick. They have Hall of Famers, up-in-comers and legends.

There is nobody on the Argentinian roster that can defend LeBron James, let alone Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant, and that's only three of Team USA's weapons.


Argentina plays great as a unit. They pass the ball well, work great sets and seem to have great chemistry.

However, those things still don’t override its shortage of talent in comparison to the U.S.

The game may be close for a little while; Argentina may even hold the lead for a time. But, when the fourth quarter buzzer sounds, Team USA will add another 25 point win to their tournament resume.