07/18/2021 at 6:08 PM CEST
The Spanish team has this morning (03.00) the most important test of preparation for the Tokyo Games. Sergio Scariolo’s men face a United States that still does not have a full squad waiting for those who are playing in the NBA final.
For Spain, it will be the best chance to see where the team is after two full days of training in Las Vegas, where the friendly match will be played prior to the trip to Japanese lands.
Scariolo has 15 players for the match and Juancho Hernangómez, who is pending if he will finally be able to be part of the Spanish expedition to the Games. The coach was “optimistic & rdquor; Although the final decision will be made by doctors and physiotherapists.
Oriola, on the wire
From the decision of whether Juancho continues with the team or returns to Spain, there will also be the discards that Scariolo must make. Barça player Pierre Oriola is the one who is most aware of what happens with the Minnesota player.
If finally Juancho travels with Spain, the discards that seem most likely will be Oriola himself, who has already missed part of the preparation, along with Darío Brizuela and Xavi López-Arostegui. A decision that he will make in the hours before the game against the United States or before traveling to Tokyo.
The duel against the United States has the incentive to see Pau Gasol again measuring himself against his former NBA teammates after a long absence to recover from his foot injury.
In front will have players like Kevind Durant, Damien Lillardm, or Draymond Green, waiting for the three who are playing in the NBA finals to join and that they will arrive without a single collective training: Devin Booker for the Phoenix Suns, and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday for the Bucks.
The truth is that without being a complete selection, Gregg Popovich’s United States remains a touchstone for Spain, which will try to deliver its best game.or already thinking about the Olympic event.