Olympics

USA Basketball vs. Spain For the Olympic Gold Medal

Team USA is a 21-point favorite. So Spain has no chance, right?

Unless Spain shoots like Lithuania did eight days ago in nearly shocking Team USA, and LeBron gets in foul trouble and Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and the Americans shoot under 20 percent from deep, it’s going to be nearly impossible for Spain to win.

I love the Pau Gasol-Marc Gasol-Serge Ibaka frontline, but Spain is simply too thin on the wing. A much better matchup would have been the best of the Olympics vs. Team USA:

G Patty Mills, Australia
G Manu Ginobili, Argentina
G Tony Parker, France
G Leandro Barbosa, Brazil
G Sarunas Jasikevicius, Lithuania
F Nic Batum, France
F Luol Deng, UK
F Andrei Kirilenko, Russia
F Serge Ibaka, Spain
F Luis Scola, Argentina
C Marc Gasol, Spain
C Paul Gasol, Spain

That’s a team that has the requisite depth and balance to give the Americans a run.

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