The fireworks will start mattering in the Olympics this Wednesday 8th at 10:15 PM ET at North Greenwich Arena, London, England when they face Australia in the knockout round to win the Gold medal.
The USA team has been playing phenomenal during the whole tournament but especially in all third quarters. Kevin Durant scored five 3-pointers in the third quarter of the 126-97 victory over Argentina; Durant finished with 42 points in the match.
“It was one of those times … I’ve probably had that feeling three or four times before that every time I catch it, I feel like it’s going to go in, but it wasn’t just me,” Durant said. “My teammates did a good job of giving me confidence first off. Also, just finding me. They’re passing up shots to give me the ball, and that’s a great feeling. I just try to do my part and make the shot.”
Team USA covered the 23.5 points of spread against Argentina and will face Australia as 33 points favorites. Australia has a 3-2 record in group A beating China, Great Britain and Russia, and losing to Brazil and Spain.
“They are a championship level team, and for us to have a game like this going into the medal round is good,” said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski about Argentina. “I thought it was very hard fought game, and we played and outstanding second half. We got really good contributions not just from our starters, but from Iguodala and Love. (Getting) On the boards and getting points, they were significant factors for us tonight. We are excited to get into the medal round.”