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2012 Olympics: Team USA vs. Argentina preview

By Iksan

July 22, 2012; Barcelona, SPAIN; USA forward LeBron James (6) drives against Argentina player Federico Kammerichs (15) during the second half of an exhibition game in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The most interesting match in the semifinals (Spurs fans can agree on this, right?) will pit Argentina’s Golden Generation against the ultra talented collection of scorers from Team USA.

If we delve deeper, this Argentinian team is lot like San Antonio. They will go as far as their Big Three can take them. Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni will have to play perfect — by not committing turnovers and attacking the paint because they stand little chance of pulling off an upset otherwise.


The other guard from Argentina, Pablo Prigioni, has to do a great job protecting the ball. Carlos Delfino is tasked with shooting to space the floor; he’s done so adequately, as he’s shooting 36.8% from behind the arc. His shooting benefits Argentina in two ways: They take advantage of the ultimate equalizer and the pick-and-roll gains even more effectiveness.

As for Team USA, they will continue to play their game — whether that be by forcing opponents into strenuous situations to create turnovers, scoring from any area on the floor and closing the paint area quickly because their perimeter defense allows them a ton of leeway.

Although it’s been one crazy ride, Argentina’s golden generation, with quite a few great moments to show for their Olympic tenure, this looks like it will be the end of the road as USA will once again ride their talented roster. At this moment, they simply have too much fire power.

But, then again, that fact hasn’t deterred Argentina before.