USA vs Australia: times, TV and how to watch online
All the information you need on how and where to watch USA take on Australia in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games basketball tournament semi-finals on Thursday.
Team USA seem to have fully recovered from their unexpected loss to France in their opening game of the basketball tournament. Gregg Popovich’s men impressed in their last performance, ending Spain’s gold medal hopes for the fifth consecutive time in the Olympics.
Kevin Durant, probably the differential factor for the Americans, scored 29 points in 31 minutes against Sergio Scariolo’s men (95-81) and is expected to lead the Team USA's offense once again on Thursday against a powerful Australia. The favorites for the gold medal have not reported any injuries ahead of their semi-final.
Durant & the Lillard-Holiday connection
Although American fans had reason to be nervous after the poor displays by a team that lost two exhibition games in Las Vegas against Nigeria and Australia, the USA has found its rhythm.
Part of that success comes down to the Damian Lillard-Jrue Holiday duo, who have proved to be the perfect balance in the backcourt between offense and defense.
Just went off for a top-10 scoring performance in U.S. Men's Olympic history @KDTrey5!— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 3, 2021
KD's 29 PTS vs 🇪🇸 is good for 9th all-time on the single game leaderboard. KD also holds down a tie for 4th (30 PTS, twice) & 10th (28 PTS).
🇺🇸 #USABMNT x #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/jA1q5gSFx2
Australia a live underdog looking for medals
Meanwhile, Australia, unbeaten in the tournament so far, had no mercy against Argentina, with five Australian players with 10 points or more, and with veteran point guard Patty Mills leading the scorers with 18 points.
Matisse Thybulle and Joe Ingles have also had a steady tournament and will likely be guarding Lillard and Mills, respectively.
Australia, with a roster loaded with NBA talent, is back in the semi-finals for the fifth time since 1988, though the Aussies are still looking for their first Olympic medal.
“We’ve had one goal in mind, to win a gold medal and leave here with that, and this is a little bit of a stepping stone to what we want to achieve,’’ Joe Ingles post-game.— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) August 3, 2021
READ all about our QF win: https://t.co/9hpInAchkh#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/sR5ni4sIIG
What time does USA vs Australia start?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games basketball match between the USA and Australia will begin at the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, at 12:15 am EDT on Thursday 5 August / 9:15 pm EDT on Wednesday 4 August.
That’s 06:15 am (Thursday) CEST and 05:15 am (Thursday) UK time.
Find out what time USA vs Australia starts if you’re elsewhere in the world.
Where can I watch USA vs Australia in the US?
USA vs Australia will be available to stream on Peacock Premium.
If you have a valid cable login, you can also stream the game live on the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com.
USA vs Australia: live AS English coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of USA vs Australia right here at AS English. We'll bring you all the build-up to the game before taking you through the action as it unfolds.
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