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Golden Opportunity: Team USA Advances to Gold Medal Final against Spain

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United States USA

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Argentina Argentina

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USA: L. James – 18pts, 7rebs, 7asts ARG: M. Ginobili – 18pts, 3asts

The Dream Team 2.0 is just one game away from winning a gold medal after trashing Argentina in the semifinals. Argentina was a team that many thought was capable of knocking the American’s off but LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and company had other things to say about Argentina’s chances at gold.

James posted 18 points, as did Anthony in the 109-83 win over Argentina, who will now face Russia in the bronze medal game.

Things weren’t smooth sailing the whole game however. Argentina was able to stay pretty close to the American’s throughout the whole first half, trailing by only seven points at the half.  But Team USA kept Manu Ginobili and company at bay, outscoring them by as much as ten points in each of the second half quarters.

Kobe Bryant scored 13 and Kevin Love grabbed 9 boards as it was an all-around effort by Team USA.

Argentina went for it hard early, and they tried to stay close in the second half with Ginobili hitting threes in big spots, but they couldn’t hang on to the minor deficet and allowed it to balloon into another cartoonish American win. Ginobili finished the game with 18 points and he was joined by teammates Carlos Delfino and Luis Scola in the double digit point total club. Delfino finished with 15, as did Scola.

Now the American’s are a mere victory away from winning gold an capping off an amazing Olympic run. The theme all through these Olympics for Team USA has been comparisons to the 1992 Dream Team that featured Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Scottie Pippen among other Hall of Famers. So far things have been on par for the 2012 Dream Team that features future Hall of Famers LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

But they must win gold to keep the debate relevant, and they moved a step closer by tossing aside an opponent many chose as an upset pick. Spain barely ended up beating Russia earlier today and showed glaring weaknesses including a lack of flash out of the gate. Spain trailed most of the game and only managed to come back due in large part to a poor half by the Russian’s.

Spain will need more than that if they hope to beat the American’s as we;re set up for a gold medal final that should be tightly contested the whole way through. Argentina will get the Russian’s in the bronze medal game, which will be held right before the gold medal match between Team USA and Spain.

Topics: 2012 Olympics

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