U.S. Men’s Basketball In a Close Game Against Australia

“They’ve got a lot of firepower so we knew that if we gave them an inch, they would be able to take a mile,’’ said Australia’s Matisse Thybulle. “I think we played well, played hard for the majority of the game but they don’t need much to get going.”

Jock Landale mentioned Australia had no answer when momentum shifted.

“They figure out what you’re doing and they just find ways to exploit it,’’ he said. “I think we started turning the ball over in that third quarter and they were just living in transition. And that’s tough to beat.”

The U.S. is now 9-0 towards Australia within the Olympics.

Australia can nonetheless find yourself with its first-ever Olympic medal in basketball, taking part in within the bronze medal sport Saturday towards Slovenia, who lost within the different semifinal towards France. They lost the bronze medal sport by a level to Spain on the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

The U.S. group, ranked No. 1 on this planet, made it to the semifinal after defeating Spain on Tuesday, 95-81, regardless of a equally sluggish begin.

The Americans are attempting to rewrite their story line from curiously questionable group to robust finisher, if not gold medalist.

And Durant mentioned he’s assured that would be the outcome, so long as the Americans proceed to regroup on protection.

“I’m looking forward to going out there and executing the game plan on defense,” he mentioned. “Offensively we’re not worried about that, but going out there and executing the game plan defensively as a team, and we’ll see what happens.”

After two exhibition losses earlier than the beginning of the Games, together with to Australia, the United States began its Olympic marketing campaign with their loss to France. The Americans largely cruised by their subsequent two contests — towards far weaker opponents, Iran and the Czech Republic — and had a while to determine some rhythm as a group.

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