A basketball game for all ages! Australia’s Boomers take on the star-studded US Dream Team in the heart-pounding semi-final in Tokyo as they attempt to win their first-ever Olympic medal
- Boomers will face the US in the Tokyo Olympics semifinals on Thursday
- Australia is looking for first-ever Olympic medal in men’s basketball
- Patty Mills will take on new Brooklyn Nets teammate Kevin Durant
- The USA are strong favorites with an abundance of NBA All Star talent on the roster
- The game starts at 2:15 PM AEST time
The Boomers will face the mighty power of the US in the men’s basketball semifinals at the Olympics on Thursday afternoon in pursuit of the country’s first-ever medal.
Patty Mills, who has just been signed to the Brooklyn Nets, will face his new teammate Kevin Durant looking to push Australia to an unlikely gold medal playoff appearance.
The US, which has won the last three Olympic gold medals, are big favorites going into the game against the Boomers who are without Toronto Raptors center Aron Baynes.
Australia defeated Argentina by 38 points to progress to the semi-finals, while America wiped out a double-digit deficit against Spain and secured their place in the last four thanks to 29 from Durant.
32-year-old Mills and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles will be heavily burdened to carry the score against a team full of All Star talent including Durant, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum.
The game starts at 2:15 PM AEST time.
The Boomers will take on the mighty power of the US in the men’s basketball semifinals at the Olympics on Thursday afternoon in pursuit of the country’s first-ever medal
Patty Mills will take on new Brooklyn Nets teammate Kevin Durant looking to push Australia to an unlikely gold medal playoff appearance
Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle will be asked to guard US key ball handlers with the defensive expert key to Australia’s hopes.
If Thybulle can frustrate Durant, Lillard, and Booker into an inefficient shooting performance, the Boomers have the best chance of causing shock.
American coach Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, will try to lessen the influence of his former point guard Mills, whom he coached for nine years with the San Antonio Spurs and won a championship together.
Popovich praised Mills as a “special” person ahead of their showdown in Thursday’s Olympic semifinals.
“I’ve said so many things about Patty Mills that his head is already huge,” Popovich joked to reporters after signing with the Nets on Wednesday.
“He’s a great, unique basketball player with a heart the size of this building. He loves his country; he loves his teammates. He is their leader and off the field he is an even better person than on the field. So he’s pretty special.’
Mills guards Durant at the 2016 Rio Olympics – the pair will face each other in the 2020 semifinals in Tokyo before teaming up as teammates with the Brooklyn Nets
American coach Gregg Popovich will try to lessen the influence of his former point guard Mills, who he coached for nine years with the San Antonio Spurs.
Mills said he owes his development as a player and person to Popovich, who is himself a hugely outspoken person in the media about his beliefs.
“He’s obviously meant a lot to me for a long time—a decade,” the Boomers captain said.
“It’s fair to say he shaped me into who I am today, both on and off the pitch. We’ve been through a lot together. I owe a lot to him.
“If you’re in this situation now and we’re both representing our countries, which we’re both so passionate about, that’s a great opportunity.”
A loss would still put the Boomers in position to take home a first Olympic medal for men in the sport.