Tokyo 2020 Olympics Semifinals: USA Men's Basketball vs Australia Preview


USA forwards Draymond Green and Jayson Tatum looking to stop Australia point guard Patty Mills/ Photo Credit USAB

USA 3-1 vs Australia 4-0

When: Thursday, August 5th, at 12:15 a.m.

Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan

TV: NBC Olympics / Peacock


Rosters

USA:

13 Bam Adebayo C 6-10 255 24 Miami Heat/Kentucky

15 Devin Booker G 6-6 210 24 Phoenix Suns/Kentucky

7 Kevin Durant G 6-9 240 32 Brooklyn Nets/Texas

9 Jerami Grant F 6-8 210 26 Detroit Pistons/Syracuse

14 Draymond Green F 6-7 230 30 Golden State Warriors/Mich. State

12 Jrue Holiday G 6-3 229 31 Milwaukee Bucks/UCLA

4 Keldon Johnson G 6-5 220 21 San Antonio Spurs/Kentucky

5 Zach LaVine G/F 6-5 208 26 Chicago Bulls/UCLA

6 Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 31 Portland Trail Blazers/Weber St.

11 JaVale McGee C 7-0 270 33 Denver Nuggets/Nevada

8 Khris Middleton F 6-7 217 29 Milwaukee Bucks/Texas A&M

10 Jayson Tatum F 6-8 208 22 Boston Celtics/Duke


HEAD COACH: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

ASSISTANT COACH: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

ASSISTANT COACH: Lloyd Pierce, Indiana Pacers

ASSISTANT COACH: Jay Wright, Villanova University

MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jerry Colangelo


Australia:

12 Aron Baynes C 6-9 258 34 Toronto Raptors

8 Matthew Dellavedova G 6-3 201 30 Melbourne United (Australia)

11 Dante Exum G 6-4 214 26 Houston Rockets

6 Josh Green F 6-6 200 20 Dallas Mavericks

4 Chris Goulding G 6-4 203 32 Melbourne United (Australia)

7 Joe Ingles F 6-8 227 33 Utah Jazz

15 Nick Kay F 6-9 229 29 Shimane Susanoo Magic

13 Jock Landale C 6-11 256 25 Melbourne United (Australia)

5 Patty Mills G 6-0 181 32 San Antonio Spurs

14 Doup Reath C 6-11 245 25 Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

9 Nathan Sobey G 6-3 190 31 Brisbane Bullets (Australia)

10 Matisse Thybulle G 6-5 201 24 Philadelphia 76ers


HEAD COACH: Brian Goorjian

ASSISTANT COACH: Matt Nielsen

ASSISTANT COACH: Adam Caporn


USA -

102.5 - points per game

78.5 - points against

50 - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Kevin Durant 18.0

Rebounds - Bam Adebayo 5.0

Assists - Zach LaVine 4.5

Steals - Two Tied at 1.7

Blocks - Two Tied at 1.2


Australia -

89.0 - points per game

71.2 - points against

46% - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Patty Mills 20.8

Rebounds - Nic Kay 7.3

Assists - Patty Mills 5.3

Steals - Matisse Thybulle 3.2

Blocks - Three Tied at 0.5



Keep an eye on:

Rebounds: is one area USA has struggled with throughout Olympic play. They come into tonight's contest averaging 36,2 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the Olympics. Australia on the other hand, ranks third, pulling down 40 rebounds per game. In their loss to Australia during exhibition play, USA lost the battle on the boards 32 to 25. USA's frontline will have to elevate their physicality and tenacity crashing the boards to control the game. Not doing so will greatly impact their offensive rhythm in a negative manner and go a long way towards helping Australia be in prime position to win the game.


Patty Mills: has been on a TERROR all Olympics long. Mills is averaging a team high 20.8 points, which's is fifth in Olympic play, and 5.3 assists, which is sixth in the Olympics. The Australian floor general is shooting 41 percent deep and is fully capable scoring from midrange and at the basket. In USA's loss to Australia during exhibition play, Mills posted 22 points and 4 assists. Getting up in Mills and frustrating him defensively is a tall order, but one USA must do early and often to disrupt and advance pass Australia.