The U.S. men’s basketball team’s road to the Tokyo Olympics has begun a big speed bump.
The U.S. team lost to Nigeria in their first exhibition game in Las Vegas on Saturday night-yes, it did happen. Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and his team received nearly 30 points before the start of the game, but the Nigerian beat the opponent 90-87.
“In a way, I’m glad it happened,” US coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “If we don’t learn from it, it will be meaningless. This may be the most important thing for us in this game.”
How will the US team respond when they play against Australia on Monday night? Is the shocking loss just a flash in the radar or is it a disturbing sign that is about to happen?
Sports News is tracking the real-time score updates and highlights of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team against Australia in the exhibition match.Follow the full results here from 2021 Tokyo Olympics adjustments.
U.S. vs. Australia score
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U.S. and Australia real-time updates, highlights
(All times are Eastern Time)
9:10 p.m. — Kevin Durant is still a cheat code.
Halftime: US 46, Australia 37
8:50 p.m. — Damian Lillard led all scorers with 16 points in the first half, but the real story is the improvement of the American team on the defensive end. Due to the pressure and strength of the US team, Australia had difficulty finding any offensive flow in the second quarter.
8:40 p.m. — Bradley Beal showed his speed and easily completed the Grand Slam with both hands.
8:30 p.m. — Both teams had a difficult offense at the beginning of the second quarter. The United States and Australia only scored four points in the first three minutes of the game.
End of the first quarter: US 27, Australia 24
8:20 p.m. — Damian Lillard is heating up. The Trail Blazers star has scored 11 points.
8:10 p.m. — The good news for Australia: Joe Ingles has made his first three three-pointers. Bad news for Australia: Aaron Baynes appears to have injured his right knee after a collision with Bradley Beal.
8pm- The starting lineup for each team…
- United States: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jeremy Grant, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
- Australia: Matthew Delavidova, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Jock Langdale, Aron Baynes
7:45 p.m. — One thing worth noting in this game is that Nigeria made 20 of 42 three-pointers in the victory. The US team must strengthen its perimeter defense against Australia.
7:30 p.m. — The US team hopes that the blue uniform will bring better luck than the white uniform.
How to watch American basketball games
Before the Americans travel to Tokyo, all five U.S. Olympic men’s basketball exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN.
You can also use fuboTV to play the U.S. team game online, Provide 7-day free trial.
|date||game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 10||United States and Nigeria||eight pm||NBCSN|
|July 12||U.S. vs. Australia||eight pm||NBCSN|
|July 13||U.S. vs. Argentina||18:00||NBCSN|
|July 16||U.S. vs. Australia||18:00||NBCSN|
|July 18||United States and Spain||Nine p.m||NBCSN|
When will the Olympics start?
The opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament in two days will end on July 25, and a medal match will be held from August 6th to 7th.
The U.S. team is one of the 12 teams eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. It will participate in Group A competition. The opponents in the group stage will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
|July 25||United States and France||Eight in the morning|
|July 28||U.S. vs. Iran||12:40 noon|
|July 31||United States and Czech Republic||Eight in the morning|
|August 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||To be determined|
|August 5||Men’s Basketball Semifinals||To be determined|
|August 6||Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Match||To be determined|
|August 7||Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Match||To be determined|