The USA began to lose the trust of many fans after two show defeats in Las Vegas and an opening game loss to France. But after recovering against Iran and beating the Czech Republic in the group final, the Americans did what it took to advance to the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
The United States will meet Spain against Spain on Tuesday, August 3 at 12:40 p.m. ET.
– Olympia (@Olympics) August 1, 2021
Thanks to a 119-84 victory over the Czechs on Saturday, the Americans will go into the quarter-finals with a little momentum and take second place behind France in the second round. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 23 and set two Olympic records for U.S. basketball men.
Set our men’s Olympic points record and lead us in two other columns of statistics. elite @ KDTrey5.
🔥 23 PTS (8-of-11 FG)
🔥 8 REB
– USA basketball (@usabasketball) July 31, 2021
US coach Gregg Popovich spoke on NBA.com about the team’s progress in the later rounds.
“I think our boys concentrated really well and did a good job of making up ground, training after training, day in and day out,” said US coach Gregg Popovich. “Hopefully we will continue this development. We have to if we want to be successful. “
The semi-finals will take place on Thursday 5th August and the bronze and gold games on Saturday 7th August.