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18 July, 2021 - 11:00pm
Team USA lost its first two exhibition games against Nigeria and Australia before getting a much-needed win against Argentina. Then Team USA lost Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery) and had to cancel its rematch with Australia because of COVID-19 concerns.
This year's squad is running out of time to develop chemistry with its Olympic opener only a week away. Team USA recently added Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee as replacements, and Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton won't be joining the rest of the group until after the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
Can Team USA get back on track in its final exhibition contest against Spain?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the USA vs. Spain men's basketball exhibition on Sunday night. Follow along here for complete updates from Team USA's final tuneup before before the 2021 Olympics.
9 p.m. — Yep, Zach LaVine can still jump very high.
8:50 p.m. — JaVale McGee is in Las Vegas and ready to roll.
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8:35 p.m. — Some good news for Team USA: Jerami Grant should be able to travel to Tokyo after clearing health and safety protocols.
Jerami Grant is expected to be cleared from quarantine and will be available to travel with Team USA to Japan, sources said. Americans have final exhibition against Spain set for 9 p.m. ET.
All five men's exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN. You can also stream Team USA games online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men's basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
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18 July, 2021 - 10:46pm
Despite drawing a lot of flak, San Antonio Spurs young forward Keldon Johnson silenced all the haters with a huge debut for Team USA on the team’s final exhibition match against Spain. The 21-year-old was handpicked by his NBA head coach Gregg Popovich to join the 12-man roster to replace Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards after the three-time All-Star entered the health and safety protocols last week.
There were other names in the conversation like reigning MIP Julius Randle but Pop chose to go with someone he’s very familiar with in Johnson. And, the Spurs young stud did not disappoint one bit. The second-year man out of Kentucky proved he is indeed the perfect man for the job dropping 15 points on 7-9 shooting while filling up the stat sheet with three rebounds, two steals, and a block all in 17 minutes of play.
“Honestly, just being active, just being a spark. I’m out here to be that energy guy. In the third quarter, we needed a spark.” Johnson said after the 83-76 win (via Paul Garcia of Project Spurs).
Keldon Johnson on his game tonight and role on Team USA: “Honestly, just being active, just being a spark. I’m out here to be that energy guy. In the third quarter, we needed a spark.”
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) July 19, 2021
With the game still left in the balance, Johnson stepped up and helped spearhead a huge third-quarter run to help Team USA mount a double-digit lead against one of the world’s best teams. The swingman erupted in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 17 points in a perfect 5-5 from the field including this massive throwdown in transition (via NBA):
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With a ton of star power already in the squad with guys like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and Jayson Tatum (to name a few), infusing a young energy guy like Johnson that can come off the bench and be that much-needed spark down the stretch can be huge. Pop, as always, seems to be right.
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Damian Lillard, Keldon Johnson help Team USA men's basketball defeat Spain in final pre-Olympic tune-up
18 July, 2021 - 10:20pm
Damian Lillard scored 19 points and Keldon Johnson added 15 to help the U.S. beat Spain 83-76 on Sunday in the final pre-Olympic game for both teams.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two days after being added to the Olympic team, Keldon Johnson keyed a huge third-quarter run to help the U.S. beat Spain.
Damian Lillard scored 19 points and Johnson added 15 in an 83-76 victory Sunday night in the final pre-Olympic game for both teams before they head to Tokyo.
Johnson had been one of the young players training against the Americans, and had appeared in two exhibition games. The San Antonio forward/guard was added to the Olympic squad Friday after Bradley Beal tested positive for the coronavirus and Kevin Love withdrew because of a calf injury. The U.S. also added JaVale McGee, who didn’t play.
“Keldon Johnson played a really solid basketball game. made cuts to the bucket,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “When he did go to the bucket he was very physical. Very solid in half-court defense. He had a very, very good night.”
This was the U.S. team’s fourth exhibition in eight days in Las Vegas. The Americans were supposed to have a fifth against Australia on Friday, but that was canceled out of caution because of the coronavirus issues the Americans were dealing with.
The two top-ranked team in the world struggled early on with Spain missing its first six shots before finally getting a basket 4:35 into the game.
Despite the slow start the Spaniards led 18-14 after one. They extended the lead to 38-36 at the half. Lillard and Durant each had 11 points at the half. The two combined to go 7 for 16 from the field while the rest of the U.S. squad was 5 of 19. Ricky Rubio had 14 points at the half for Spain.
“The defense was pretty solid. we couldn’t make a shot, but they didn’t let up defensively,” Popovich said. “Kept their focus in that regard which will be important.”
Trailing 46-42 in the third quarter, the U.S. finally got going. The Americans scored the first 11 points during a 23-6 run that spanned the final two quarters. Johnson had eight points during the game-changing spurt. His dunk midway through the burst brought the crowd to life.
“I’m out here to be that energy guy, bring life to the team whenever you need it,” Johnson said. “The third quarter we needed a spark. not saying because I got a couple of buckets. On the defense end, trying to bring some kind of energy or spark so we can get over the hump.”
Spain only had one field goal in the final 5:44 of the quarter and was down 57-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
The U.S. kept the burst going to start the fourth and led 65-52 on Jayson Tatum’s reverse layup with 7:30 left. Spain could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
While the U.S. had struggled at times in Las Vegas, Rubio, who has played internationally for years, thinks they’ll figure it out.
“It’s the first time they are playing together, it takes time,” he said. “They are dangerous if they play as a team.”
Jerami Grant returned to the U.S. squad after being in health and safety protocols since earlier this week “out of an abundance of caution”
Spain: The Spaniards open pool play against Japan on July 26.
U.S.: The Americans open up Olympic pool play against France next Sunday.
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18 July, 2021 - 10:09pm
LAS VEGAS -- Team USA built some needed momentum for the Olympics with a quality win over current world champion Spain 83-76 Sunday night in its final exhibition game before heading to Tokyo.
After falling behind by as many as nine points in the first half, Team USA showed off its shooting muscle in a second half and started to resemble the type of squad coach Gregg Popovich envisioned when picking the roster.
Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Zach LaVine combined for nine 3-pointers, and Keldon Johnson -- who was promoted to the senior team on Friday after Kevin Love's departure -- immediately showed how fresh and young legs can make a difference.
Johnson, who plays for Popovich's San Antonio Spurs, scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and was a team-best +18, as his aggression in running the floor and within the offense stood out. The large crowd at Mandalay Bay rewarded Johnson with an ovation after he checked out in the fourth quarter.
LaVine, who like Johnson has the advantage of having more rest because his Chicago Bulls missed the playoffs, also showed great energy, as he has through the past two weeks in Las Vegas. Though he sometimes has drawn Popovich's ire with defensive lapses, LaVine's physical skills are needed, and it showed with two more power dunks on his way to 13 points.
The Americans are dealing with an array of challenges, from losing Bradley Beal and preparation time because of COVID-19 to fatigue from the compacted season that has affected their conditioning to a lack of depth, as three core players are playing in the NBA Finals.
It has left them not looking like any national team of the modern era, and it has shown this past week in Las Vegas, where they went 2-2 and rarely looked like the overwhelming gold-medal favorites they have been installed as.
They don't have the personnel or the manpower to play the up-tempo attack that former coach Mike Krzyzewski made a trademark in winning the past three golds, at least not until reinforcements arrive. Their pace at times is downright slow, leaving them to rely on players unfamiliar with each other to react and read in the half court.
But they do have firepower, as Durant ended with 14 points and Lillard added 19 on Sunday; those two have carried the team's offense.
Spain was led by Ricky Rubio's 23 points.
The Americans open Olympic pool play on Sunday against France in Saitama, outside Tokyo. Depending on when the NBA Finals end and travel schedules, they could play that game with just nine players.
18 July, 2021 - 09:56pm
In the midst of a huge third quarter, Johnson ran the court on a fast break to extend the United States' run with a thunderous one-handed dunk off a Damian Lillard assist.
The basket counted for two of Keldon's 10 points in the third period, drawing a highlight package on the TV broadcast in the fourth quarter to show how he propelled the United States to a lead they wouldn't lose.
In his first game as an official member of Team USA's Olympic Team headed to Tokyo, Keldon was one of the best players on the court on both ends of the floor. Even when it looked like he was beaten on the defensive end, he showed the effort that got him selected in the first place.
By the end of the game, Johnson tallied 15 pts on a remarkable 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and nailed his only 3-pointer.
Johnson finished the night as Team USA's second-leading scorer to Lillard's 19, proving to the world that his promotion to the main team heading to the Olympics in a week was no mistake.
Johnson ended his night prematurely, fouling out on a defensive play in which he was hooked to the ground.
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Gregg Popovich's Team USA squad finished their exhibitions 2-2 and will be facing France to tip of their official Olympic bid on Sunday, July 25 at 8 a.m. ET.
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The men’s national basketball team, after dropping two of its exhibition games already, was trailing Spain late into the third quarter on Sunday night in Las Vegas. While the game doesn’t technically matter, another loss in the run up to the Olympics would be very concerning.
Yet thanks to a big defensive stand in the third, Team USA rallied back to beat Spain 83-76 — picking up a key win in the final exhibition game before Olympic competition starts on Friday.
After the early struggles and back-to-back losses to kick off exhibition play, it’s easy to have been concerned.
Yet midway through the third quarter, the Americans finally found their game.
Team USA finally took the lead back off a big Damian Lillard 3-pointer before closing out the period on a 12-5 run — all while holding Spain to just 12 points in the quarter to claim a seven-point lead. Spain only hit one field goal in the final nearly six minutes of the quarter, too.
Ricky Rubio led Spain with 23 points and three rebounds, and Marc Gasol put up 10 points of his own. Those two, however, were the only ones to score in double figures for Spain. The team had 20 total turnovers, too, compared to just eight from Team USA.
Lillard led the United States with 19 points and six assists, and Keldon Johnson added 15 off the bench — 10 of which came in the third quarter while he went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in his first game with the team. Johnson joined the team after Bradley Beal tested positive for COVID-19. Kevin Love also stepped away from the team with a calf injury, and was replaced by JaVale McGee. Kevin Durant dropped 14, and Zach LaVine finished with 13 points.
Team USA will now head to Tokyo, where the opening ceremony for the rescheduled Olympics will take place on Friday.
Their first group play game will take place on Sunday against France — which, along with Iran and the Czech Republic, make up Group A. The United States will then play Iran on Wednesday before closing out the group stage with the Czech Republic the following Saturday.
Though the early stages leading up to the Olympics weren't always great, Popovich and his team will head to Tokyo on a three-game win streak. Whether that translates into a fourth-straight gold medal, though, remains to be seen.
Two days after being added to the Olympic team, Keldon Johnson keyed a huge third-quarter run to help the U.S. beat Spain. Damian Lillard scored 19 points and Johnson added 15 in an 83-76 victory Sunday night in the final pre-Olympic game for both teams before they head to Tokyo. Johnson had been one of the young players training against the Americans, and had appeared in two exhibition games.
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Team USA beats Spain 83-76 in pre-Olympics friendly; Jayson Tatum logs 6 points, 6 boards, 5 assists
18 July, 2021 - 06:21pm
Team USA finished its slate of exhibition games on a high note, going .500 over the course of the four exhibition games played in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with an 83 to 76 win over the Spanish National Team on Sunday evening.
For Boston Celtics All-Star swingman Jayson Tatum, it was not the splashy return to action he likely hoped for after missing a contest due to knee soreness, with the St. Louis native having a rough shooting night from the floor. Tatum put up 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a block in just over 29 minutes of play, but needed 10 field goal attempts to get there, missing 7.
While it might not have been his most accurate night of his career as a basketball player, it was good to see the Duke product finding other ways to contribute to the win.
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— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) July 18, 2021
With this game in the rear-view mirror, attention now turns to the Olympics themselves, with official play in Men’s 5-on-5 basketball beginning on Sunday, July 25 as Team USA takes on the French National Team at 8 p.m. ET.
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