The great objective still stands: to make history also in these Olympic Games in Tokyo with a fourth consecutive podium after those of Beijing 2008 (silver), London 2012 (silver) and Rio 2016 (bronze). It is up to Spain to open its great battle for the medals with a duel of the highest level against once again one of the great favorites: the United States. The challenge of the challenges for a conjured Selection to exploit all its qualities, from competitiveness and talent, in the most decisive and exciting match, which can be followed Live from 6:40 on Tuesday (La1 and Eurosport 2).
It will be the fifth consecutive Spain-United States duel in the Olympic Games, which has not been lacking in the program since those of Athens 2004, in the quarterfinals (2004 and 2021), semifinals (2016) or final (2008 and 2012). That is to say: a classic.
Both teams arrive with the same balance: 2 wins and a single loss. If Spain fell to Slovenia in the final minutes, the United States bit the dust on the first day, at the hands of France (76-83), although it did so with three players who had practically just joined the team –Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker and Khris Middleton- coming from the NBA Finals. Against Iran and the Czech Republic they already set a very high bar, especially in attack, with 120 and 119 points respectively.
All in all, the team leader in all three group stage games has been, unsurprisingly, Devin Durant, although the top scorer has been Jayson Tatum (50). Containing his high pace of play, avoiding his scoring streaks, minimizing errors as much as possible and taking advantage of his possible defensive gaps will largely be the keys to Spain’s chances.
The latest reference is the recent meeting between the two teams less than two weeks ago in Las Vegas. It was won by the Americans 83-76 after many minutes of equality, some even dominated by Spain (38-36 at halftime), which favored the USA in the final stretch by scoring Durant and Hillard.
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Full quarter-final program
- 3:00 Slovenia-Germany
- 6:40 SPAIN-United States
- 10:20 Italy-France
- 14:00 Australia-Argentina