The USA men’s basketball team’s road to the Tokyo Olympics started off with a big speed bump.
Team USA lost to Nigeria in its first exhibition game on Saturday night in Las Vegas — yes, that actually happened. Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Co. were favored by nearly 30 points heading into the matchup, but the Nigerians pulled off a 90-87 upset.
“In a way, I’m kind of glad it happened,” Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “That means nothing if we don’t learn from it. It could be the most important thing in this tournament for us.”
How will Team USA respond when it takes the floor against Australia on Monday night? Was the stunning loss just a blip on the radar or a troubling sign of things to come?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Australia. Follow along right here for complete results from the 2021 Tokyo Games tuneup.
USA vs. Australia score
USA vs. Australia live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
8:40 p.m. — Bradley Beal shows off his speed and throws down the easy two-handed slam.
8:30 p.m. — A rough offensive start to the second quarter for both squads. Team USA and Australia have scored only four total points through the first three-plus minutes of the period.
End of first quarter: USA 27, Australia 24
8:20 p.m. — Damian Lillard is heating up. The Trail Blazers star already has 11 points.
8:10 p.m. — Good news for Australia: Joe Ingles has drilled his first three 3-pointers. Bad news for Australia: Aron Baynes appeared to suffer a right knee injury after a collision with Bradley Beal.
8 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jerami Grant, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
- Australia: Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Aron Baynes
7:45 p.m. — One thing to watch in this game: Nigeria went 20 of 42 from 3-point range in its victory. Team USA has to tighten up the perimeter defense against Australia.
7:30 p.m. — Team USA is hoping the blue uniforms will bring better luck than the white set.
How to watch USA basketball
All five USA Olympic men’s basketball exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN before the Americans head off to Tokyo.
You can also stream Team USA games online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 10||USA vs. Nigeria||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 12||USA vs. Australia||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 13||USA vs. Argentina||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 16||USA vs. Australia||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 18||USA vs. Spain||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
When do the Olympics start?
The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
|July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m.|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.|
|Aug. 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Men’s basketball semifinals||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||TBD|
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