USA Olympic Basketball Team Schedule: Where to Catch London's Gold Medal Game
As expected, Team USA has advanced through the competition in London and will meet Spain in the gold medal game on Sunday.
This is one of the must-watch events at the Olympics, as a potential USA-Spain clash has been talked about for months. We've assumed for quite some time that the Spaniards were the only ones who could possibly take down LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the rest of the de facto All-Star squad.
Now we'll get to see if they actually can.
If you aren't watching this one, you need to reevaluate your priorities.
Where to Watch
The battle for the Olympic gold will be televised on NBC at 10 a.m. EDT.
Unlike the previous games, many of which have been shown on NBC Sports Network, this game is actually on the main channel and will not appear on a tape delay. You have no need to worry about spoilers.
If you aren't able to catch the game on television, fear not! You can watch it on NBC's website as well, where it will be streamed live.
If your computer isn't working, then make sure you get yourself to a local sports bar or other establishment with plenty of TVs.
You don't want to miss this game.
Spain advanced to the final game by taking down a feisty Russian team, primarily using some hot three-point shooting and superior size.
The frontcourt for Spain is the true strength of the squad, boasting not one, but two Gasols and a shot-blocking power forward.
Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol have both been impressive for the team throughout the tournament, dominating on the inside and extending their spheres of influence to the perimeter quite a few times during each game.
Serge Ibaka has been less effective, but he'll be motivated to perform at a high level both when he fights for the gold and when he sees three of his Oklahoma City Thunder co-stars on the opposing squad.
If all three of these big men are simultaneously functioning at tip-top shape, they'll be capable of toppling the American basketball giants.
Americans Who Must Step Up
As Team USA's best player, LeBron James has already broken the triple-double seal during the 2012 Olympics and has to challenge the double-figure mark in each of the three categories—points, rebounds and assists—while playing defense at a high level.
James can contribute in every facet of the game and must do so against a Spanish team that's rather familiar with his game due to the presence of so many NBA contributors.
As Team USA's top scorer, Kevin Durant must keep up his torrid pace from behind the three-point line and spread out the Spanish defense.
Durant is a mismatch at small forward for any defender and has to milk that advantage for everything it's worth.
The Americans can't expect to do much scoring inside against the trees of Spain, so Durant's contributions from the outside will be all the more important.
The only true center on the Team USA roster will have his work cut out for him when he has to guard some combination of the Gasol brothers.
Seeing as they're the two main offensive threats for Spain, Tyson Chandler will have to step up his game and show just why he was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.
Some offensive contributions would be nice, but I wouldn't count on it.
Kevin Love is the first big man coming off the bench for the American squad, and it will be up to him to spread the court with his versatile offensive game.
If Love is knocking down a couple shots from the outside with consistency, he'll draw one of the big men out of the paint and open up the lanes for drives from the athletic guards on the Team USA roster.
Love's rebounding talents will also play a big part of a potential American win, but he'll have to focus more than normal on the defensive end of the court.
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