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USA To Play Argentina Following Lithuanian Scare

by Photo of Rob Rubinstein

Argentina hopes they obtained blueprint from Lithuania, USA game Saturday

USA To Play Argentina Following Lithuanian Scare

Team USA went on a 17-10 run in the final 7 minutes to win Saturday's game 99-94 to avoid an upset to Lithuania.  LeBron James keyed the final push with nine points down the stretch and Team USA was able to survive the scare.

The near defeat to the 5th ranked Lithuanian team shouldn't come as a surprise, despite it occurring two days after the record breaking 83-point victory over Nigeria. First of all, Lithuania is a much better team than Nigeria, and second, Team USA may have been looking ahead (or just might have been caught up in their dominance over Nigeria). No matter who it was against, it was going to be difficult for Team

The defense of the United States team is most concerning. They allowed 94 points to be scored on 59% shooting from the field and 44% from 3-point range. All three numbers are inexcusable with defenders among the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, Andre Igoudala, and reigning NBA defensive player of the year Tyson Chandler on the team. If the Manu Ginobili and the Argentinians put up similar offensive numbers, the USA team could be looking at their first loss of the London Olympics.

Luckily for team USA, with the narrow victory over Lithuania they have clinched a spot in the knockout stage and have given themselves a chance to win group A.

The significance of this game, however, goes beyond just seeding. If the United States team can play they way their capable, by playing hard nose stingy team defense and take quality shots on the offensive end of the floor, then there is no team in the world that can defeat them.

The only team that can stop team USA right now is themselves.

Team USA will play Argentina today at 5:15 PM EDT. The winner will be the top seed coming out of group A.

Let CHARGED.fm get you tickets to see your favorite teams play this summer.

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