Lebron James of the U.S. lets out a scream before the start of his game against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Sergio Perez )
According to Chris Collins, Team USA's workout coach, Australia's strength lies in perimeter shooting and fast play, something Kobe, LeBron and Co. will have to keep in mind while defending the Aussies during today's quarterfinal match.
Men's' Olympics Basketball: United States vs. Australia
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Tipoff: 5:15 p.m. EDT / 10:15 p.m. London Time
Location: North Greenwich Arena
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USA will face an Australian team that won its last three games including the number one seeded Russia in Group B. Although USA has been on a 5-0 winning streak so far in the tournament, coach Mike Krzyzewski's tone conveyed the team isn't taking anything for granted.
"You have to win three tough games and you have to approach each game like it's a championship game, so you can't look beyond the (next) game. That's a focus, a seventh game focus for an NBA player and that's what we're trying to make sure that these guys have on their minds," he said according to USABasketball.com
Krzyzewski mentioned that some areas his players could improve were the defensive performance at the start of the game as well as making more stops offensively.
If USA beats Australia, they will face Argentina in the semifinals. Argentina defeated Brazil 82-77 earlier today.
The second semifinals leg will be played between Spain and Russia.
Spain won over Tony Parker's France 66-59 while the Russians dominated Lithuania 83-74.
The Latinos Post predicts USA will defeat Australia by a margin of 15 to 20 points.