Spain vs Argentina Olympics 2021 Men’s Basketball
Two teams who had mixed fates in their opening Olympic basketball game and who know each other well will clash on Thursday when Spain takes on Argentina. Spain triumphed over the Argentines in the final of the FIBA World Championship 2019 with 95:75 and is aiming for two of two wins in Group C.
Argentina became the youngest team to succumb to the size of Luka Doncic when they lost to Slovenia in the first tournament of the tournament. Nevertheless, they are in fourth place in the world rankings, two places behind their opponents, and will by no means be a unique selling point.
Spain’s experience and superior game were evident in the opening win against Japan on Monday. Although Ricky Rubio was at eye level early on (26-26), he helped the Spaniards turn their luck and triggered a 19-0 run.
You wouldn’t look back as Spain were double-digit leaders for the entire second half, sailing to a comfortable 88-77 win. Rubio continued to be the heartbeat of the Spanish team, as he has in so many previous tournaments, delivering 20 points and nine assists with no turnover. His pace dominance was evident and he will try to do the same in this encounter against the less experienced Facundo Campazzo.
Team news: Spain
Spain started the group unscathed and coach Sergio Scariolo was able to give his 12 players playing time. Minnesota Timberwolves security guard Ricky Rubio led the backcourt offensive along with versatile shooting guard Rudy Fernandez, who struggled to get the ball through.
Team news: Argentina
Similar to Spain, Argentina are unlikely to change their line-up for this game. Denver Nuggets Guard Campazzo will face Ricky Rubio in the backcourt alongside Knick’s new star Luca Vildoza.
The veteran leader Luis Scola played the second-most minutes of all Argentine players at 27 and recorded a team-high of 23 points. He is likely to be assisted upfront by Marcos Delia and Patricio Garino, while Oklahoma City Thunder striker Gabriel Deck will be heavily used from the bench.