Tokyo 2020 Olympics: USA Men's Basketball vs Iran Preview


Photo Credit- USA Basketball

USA 0-1 vs Iran 0-1

When: Wednesday, July 28th, at 12:40 a.m.

Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan

TV: NBC Sports / 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


Iran:

3 Mohammadsina Vahedi G 6-2 20 Mahram Sport Club

5 Pujan Jalalpoor G 6-1 28 SKN St. Pölten Basketball

7 Mohammad Hassanzadeh F 6-7 30 Naft Abadan

8 Saeid Davarpanah F 6-3 33 Naftt Abadan

13 Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi G 6-6 29 Chemidor

14 Mohammadsamad KhahbahramiF 6-6 38 Petrochimi

15 Hamed Haddadi C 7-2 36 Champville SC

17 Navid Rezaeifar G 6-3 24 Shahrdary Gorgan

20 Michael Rostampour F 6-11 29 BC Prievidza

23 Aaron Geramipoor C 7-0 28 San Lorenzo de Almagro

41 Arsalan Kazemi F 6-7 31 Naft Abadan

7 Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi G 6-3 26 ASVEL (France)


HEAD COACH: Mehran Shahintab

ASSISTANT COACH: Farzad Kouhian

ASSISTANT COACH: Mehran Atashi


Injury

USA: None

Iran: None


USA -

76.0 - points per game

83.0 - points against

36.2 - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Jrue Holiday 18.0

Rebounds - Bam Adebayo 10.0

Assists - Two tied at 4.0

Steals - Two tied at 2.0

Blocks - Jayson Tatum 2.0


Iran -

78.0 - points per game

84.0 - points against

50% - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi 23.0

Rebounds - Hamed Haddadi 10.0

Assists - Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi 7.0

Steals - Mohammadsamad Khahbahram 3.0

Blocks - Hamed Haddadi 1.0


Keep an eye on:

Forced Turnovers: is definitely something to keep an eye on this game due to the high amount of turnovers Iran had in their loss to the Czech Republic. Iran turned it over twenty one times and their star guard Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi along with their 7'2 center Hamed Haddadi, combined for eleven of them. This is an area USA can definitely look to exploit and help propel them to do what they do best...get out in transition and make plays. IF USA is active defensively, turnovers will come and that means a it'll be a long night for Iran.


Kevin Durant/ Dame Lillard: two of the most lethal scorers in the world shot a combined 7-22 in USA's loss to France. Lillard also had four turnovers, including a costly one late in the game. I expect them to right the ship and be far more efficient against Iran.




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