August 10, 2012 in Sports

Team USA plays Argentina in men’s basketball semifinal

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times
 

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.

Today’s highlights

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.

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