The most dominating USA Men’s basketball team kick start their line of game against China in the Group A Rio Olympics 2016 at Carioca Arena in Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 6th August at 6:00 p.m US EST.
United States has been powerful in Olympics basketball since 1936. Among 18 Olympics basketball played, the team took home 14 gold medals, 1 silver, 2 bronze and missed out just one chance against Argentina in 2004. But that’s past 12 years, now the team is current favourite despite several top players (like LeBron James and Stephen Curry) from NBA withdrew themselves from playing at Rio. The team is still talented enough to win a gold medal this year.
China on the other hand had already faced two-losses in last few weeks counting the tune-up. While there is less chance for China to beat USA, the latter can at least perform better to cover-up the earlier losses. However, moving neck-to-neck with these taller Americans for 40-min itself will be an achievement for young Chinese squad. In the history, China never moved beyond 8th position in the Olympic tournament still the team looks to improve their mark this time around.
United States time will enter the Rio court with fresh squad counting Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson joining hands with returning squad Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Former NBA player Yi Jianlian and Zhou Qi will lead team China.
There is high pressure on team USA to win third consecutive gold medal in Olympics especially because the new squad. Then again, having experience in beating China in the tune-up, pushing them back again would not be difficult. However, Small forward Carmelo Anthony is also in stress to grab a record third gold medal. Kevin Durant from Golden State Warriors is set to face continues challenges in the tournament to mark himself as a leader for the squad.
Schedule and Venue: 6:00 p.m US EST at Carioca Arena in Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Live Stream – NBCOlympics.com
TV Schedule: NBCSN in US
In the Philippines, USA vs China men’s basketball live stream is on Sports5.ph. The television coverage of USA vs China is on TV5 Network.