Tokyo Olympics

HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Iran – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball

JR Isaga
HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Iran – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball

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Team USA needs a dominant performance against Iran in the Tokyo Olympics men's basketball tournament to get its gold-medal bid back on track

Gods can bleed after all.

Team USA is now left scrambling for quick answers after a stunning 76-83 loss to France in the opener of the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball tournament.

Kevin Durant couldn’t stop fouling, and everyone else couldn’t buy a bucket except Jrue Holiday, who was playing jetlagged after a quick departure from his NBA championship celebration.

At 12:40 pm on Wednesday, July 28, Manila time, the talented, but so far uncoordinated American squad has a chance to bounce back against a lower-ranked Iran team.

However, Team USA must not only win, but win big, as only the top two seeds from each of the tournament’s three groups are guaranteed to advance to the Final Phase.

The Americans need all the possible tiebreaker points they can get so they won’t fall to the third seed, as only the top two third-placers from all groups will advance.

Will the Americans finally erase most doubts with a dominant performance like the old days, or will Iran pull off an upset of catastrophic proportions for the United States’ gold medal defense?