Team USA plays Argentina in men’s basketball semifinal
LONDON – Oh, great. You guys again.
The shot heard ’round the arena took place when the U.S. played Argentina earlier this week, a confusing and appalling scene when Carmelo Anthony was, to select a local metaphor, punched in the crown jewels by Argentina’s backup point guard.
He rolled around the court for a while as teammates Tyson Chandler and Kevin Durant sniped at the 5-foot-10 guard, Chandler taking several menacing steps toward him before being restrained and Durant receiving a rare technical foul for, uh, being a tad vocal.
Argentina’s offending guard, Facundo Campazzo, wasn’t very apologetic after the game The teams meet again in an Olympic semifinal today at North Greenwich Arena.
Argentina doesn’t have a factory of NBA players, but it beat Brazil in the quarterfinals, 82-77, which meant one thing … rematch!
There won’t be as much of Campazzo on the court.
He started Monday’s preliminary (a 126-97 U.S. victory by the way) because incumbent Pablo Prigioni was sidelined by kidney stones. Prigioni, who recently signed with the New York Knicks, will start against the U.S.
Track and field: Gold-medal finals in men’s 4x400 relay, men’s pole vault, women’s 4x100 relay, women’s 1500. Men’s diving: 15-meter platform qualifying round. Cycling: BMX gold-medal finals.