Team USA’s basketball teams have finally shown signs of life after a series of worrying upsets heading into the Tokyo Olympics.
The US men’s and women’s teams are heavy favourites to claim gold in Japan in the next few weeks but both had suffered unexpected defeats in their warm-ups games.
The women’s team were in unfamiliar territory having dropped two exhibition games in a row, to the WNBA All-Stars and Australia, for the first time in a decade. But they looked something close to their usual selves on Sunday when they beat Nigeria 93-62 in their final tune-up before the Games. アジャウィルソンが得点 16 ポイントとブレアナ・スチュワートが追加されました 14 to lead the US to victory.
“No one wants to be on the team that loses,” Wilson said. “I was a little like uh-oh. People talk and jump the gun say everything and anything. the vets were like it’s OK, it’s part of the game, we’ll get back. Coach came in today and said we’re getting back to our dominance and that helped me feel a little more at ease. The people we have in the locker room are so talented we know what we were doing.”
その間, the US men’s team also recently dropped two exhibition games – against Australia and Nigeria – before winning back some pride against Argentina. 日曜日に, there was another encouraging result as they beat the world No2 team, スペイン, in their final Olympic warm-up game.
Two days after being added to the Olympic team, Keldon Johnson keyed a huge third-quarter run to help the US to victory. Damian Lillard scored 19 points and Johnson added 15 in an 83-76 勝利
Johnson had been one of the young players training against the Americans, and had appeared in two exhibition games. The San Antonio forward/guard was added to the Olympic squad on Friday after Bradley Beal tested positive for Covid-19 and Kevin Love withdrew because of a calf injury. The US also added JaVale McGee, who didn’t play.
“Keldon Johnson played a really solid basketball game. made cuts to the bucket,” USA coach Gregg Popovich said. “When he did go to the bucket he was very physical. Very solid in half-court defense. He had a very, very good night.”
The US women’s team open their Olympic campaign against Nigeria on 27 7月, while the men face France next Sunday.