Team USA is going to square off against France tomorrow at 9:30AMET on NBC. Both teams are coming out of pool A and I couldn’t be more excited about the Team USA’s first Olympic game.
France’s starting lineup will most likely consist of Tony Parker at the point, Nicolas Batum at small forward, Boris Diaw at power forward, Kevin Seraphin at center, and Nando de Colo at the shooting guard position. De Colo will join the Spurs for the 2012-2013 season.
USA will most likely start Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Tyson Chandler to open the game.
Although the US is undefeated against France in the Olympics, expect Tony Parker to put on his usual arrays of passes and court magic when scoring the ball. His pairing with Batum and Diaw ought to put on a entertaining show for at least the first two quarters until USA really turns it on. Team USA completely dominated their exhibition games leading up to the Olympics, with their closest game against Argentina resulted in a 8 point victory that saw Team USA leading by as much as 20 on two separate occasions.
Surprisingly, France did not qualify for the previous two summer Olympics, with their last appearance in the Sydney Olympics yielding a silver medal.
If France was also able to recruit a healthy Joakim Noah to play for them this season then I would have said that had a fighting chance at pulling this game out. However without a strong defensive presence on the inside (Seraphin plays for the Wizards) it’s hard to see France taking advantage of Team USA’s weakness in size.
These games are always fun to watch though because it’s like watching an All-Star game where the players actually play defence. The blow-outs are still pretty great to watch too because Anthony Davis doesn’t get any real playing time so those garbage minutes off the bench yield some pretty exciting plays.
Look forward to our post-game recap tomorrow!