US NBA stars in grudge tie with Argentina
THE USA's NBA heavyweights will meet Argentina's ageing
but still scrappy "golden generation" in a compelling grudge match in the
basketball knock-out phase.
Spain will play European rivals France in another key quarter-final clash on Wednesday as the Olympic tournament's win-or-go-home match-ups fell into place.
In the other quarter-finals, Australia meet Lithuania
while Croatia and Serbia battle in a Balkan showdown.
The match-ups were set
late on Monday with the final Group B games, including Spain's crunch 90-82 victory over Argentina.
A loss would have sent Spain, the two-time silver medallists, on an unexpectedly early trip home, while Argentina sought a win to avoid facing the high-powered Americans.
Argentina are the last team to have beaten the USA
in Olympic competition,
in the Athens 2004 semi-final en route to their only basketball gold.
It was the only time the Americans have been denied gold since NBA professionals were allowed to represent
the the country beginning
in 1992, and it still smarts with Team USA.