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



Jayson Tatum/ Photo Credit - USA Basketball

USA 2-1 vs Spain 2-1

When: Tuesday, August 3rd, at 12:40 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


Spain:

20 Alberto Abalde F 6-7 215 25 Real Madrid (Spain)

21 Álex Abrines G 6-6 200 28 FC Barcelona (Spain)

10 Victor Claver F 6-9 225 32 Valencia Basket Club SAD

5 Rudy Fernandez G 6-5 185 36 Real Madrid (Spain)

16 Usman Garuba F 6-8 230 19 Real Madrid (Spain)

13 Marc Gasol C 7-1 255 36 Los Angeles Lakers

4 Pau Gasol C 7-1 250 41 FC Barcelona (Spain)

14 Willy Hernangómez F 6-10 250 27 New Orleans Pelicans

23 Sergio Llull G 6-4 205 33 Real Madrid (Spain)

3 Xabi Lopez-Arostegui F 6-7 215 24 Valencia Basket Club (Spain)

6 Sergio Rodriguez G 6-3 175 35 Olimpia Milano (Italy)

9 Ricky Rubio G 6-4 190 30 Minnesota Timberwolves


HEAD COACH: Sergio Scariolo.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Luis Guil and Angel Luis Sanchez Canete Calvo


USA -

105.0 - points per game

77.7 - points against

51 - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Jayson Tatum 16.7

Rebounds - Kevin Durant 5.0

Assists - Zach LaVine 5.3

Steals - Jrue Holiday 1.6

Blocks - Jayson Tatum 1.6


Spain -

85.3 - points per game

81.0 - points against

46% - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Ricky Rubio 21.3

Rebounds - Victor Claver 5.7

Assists - Ricky Rubio 7.3

Steals - Rudy Fernandez 2.0

Blocks - Pau Gasol 1.0



Keep an eye on:

USA Defensive Execution: has improved each game in Olympic play and that trend will need to continue to defeat a dangerous Spain team. In USA's 120-66 win over Iran, they held Iran to 37 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent shooting from deep whle forcing 23 turnovers. In the win over the Czech Republic, USA held Czech Rep to below 20 points in both the second (18) and third (17) quarters, cruising to a 119-84 win. USA's offensive talent is obvious, although, when they lock in on defense, no country can compete with them.




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