The U.S. men’s basketball team’s road to the Tokyo Olympics has been filled with speed bumps.
Team USA lost its first two exhibition games against Nigeria and Australia before getting a much-needed win against Argentina. Then Team USA lost Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery) and had to cancel its rematch with Australia because of COVID-19 concerns.
This year’s squad is running out of time to develop chemistry with its Olympic opener only a week away. Team USA recently added Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee as replacements, and Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton won’t be joining the rest of the group until after the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
Can Team USA get back on track in its final exhibition contest against Spain?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the USA vs. Spain men’s basketball exhibition on Sunday night. Follow along here for complete updates from Team USA’s final tuneup before before the 2021 Olympics.
USA vs. Spain score
USA vs. Spain live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
9:45 p.m. — Kevin Durant made Dirk Nowitzki proud with this shot.
9:35 p.m. — Pump fake, side step, cash out. Beautiful move by Rudy Fernandez.
9:30 p.m. — Bam Adebayo spins into the lane and sinks the lefty hook to cut Spain’s lead to five.
End of first quarter: Spain 18, USA 14
9:25 p.m. — Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol running the give-and-go to perfection.
9:15 p.m. — Spain doesn’t offer much resistance on Damian Lillard’s pull-up 3-pointer. That’s automatic for the Trail Blazers star.
9:10 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
- Spain: Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, Alberto Abalde, Victor Claver, Marc Gasol
9 p.m. — Yep, Zach LaVine can still jump very high.
8:50 p.m. — JaVale McGee is in Las Vegas and ready to roll.
8:35 p.m. — Some good news for Team USA: Jerami Grant should be able to travel to Tokyo after clearing health and safety protocols.
Jerami Grant is expected to be cleared from quarantine and will be available to travel with Team USA to Japan, sources said. Americans have final exhibition against Spain set for 9 p.m. ET.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 18, 2021
How to watch USA basketball
All five men’s exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN. 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||Canceled||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|