Of course, if the United States, Team USA, leaves Tokyo with the fourth Olympic gold in a row (and is the big favorite, still) one of the things that will be remembered is that he overcame a very difficult Olympic preparation. After the initial defeats in the first two friendlies against Nigeria and Australia, the pandemic arrived: the sanitary protocols separated Bradley Beal, first as a precaution and then definitively. They’ve also isolated Jerami Grant… and finally altered the roadmap of the team led by Gregg Popovich. One that if you need something, in fact, it is more cohesion and more minutes of play.
However, Today’s match, the fourth friendly preparation in Las Vegas, against Australia has been postponed. No, in principle, Sunday against Spain, which is already in the United States. That (03:00 Spanish time, from Sunday to Monday) will therefore be (and if there are no more shocks) it will be the last test for the USA, which on July 25 will face France in Tokyo, in its first match of the Olympic group stage.
The US National Team had scheduled five friendlies in his preparation cycle at the Michelob ULTRA, the sports complex of the Mandalay Bay resort, in Las Vegas. He has played three, the two that he lost (and set off the alarms) and a third with Argentina in which the sensations improved and, after a landslide victory, he faced the rest of the preparation with more optimism. Two more appointments remained, Australia on Friday and Spain on Sunday.
But the appearance of COVID has disrupted plans. First Bradley Beal (the second leading scorer of the NBA season behind Stephen Currry) was isolated and then the Wizards guard, who has not yet been chosen as a replacement, was definitively discarded. In parallel, Jerami Grant, forward for the Pistons, who for now remains on the summons for Tokyo, entered the protocols. These setbacks have forced the cancellation of the match against Australia but if the situation does not get worse if the one that will face the USA and Spain on Sunday will be played. The Selection of Sergio Scariolo has already landed in Las Vegas, where he will enter today pending Juancho Hernangómez, who will see the Minnesota Timberwolves doctors in an attempt to be in the Olympic appointment, for which he seemed ruled out due to his shoulder injury.