exhibition game against Australia canceled due to health and safety concerns – .

exhibition game against Australia canceled due to health and safety concerns – .

Team USA’s pre-Olympic exhibition match against Australia on Friday in Las Vegas was called off due to health and safety concerns. USA Basketball announced the news Thursday night in a statement on Twitter:

As a precaution, the US men’s national team’s exposure to Australia on Friday was canceled. The United States Women’s National Team game against Australia will be played at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Earlier today, USA Basketball announced that Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal will be skipping the Olympics after being placed in health and safety protocols. In addition, Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant has also been signed into the protocols, although he is still expected to travel to Tokyo later this month. Beal’s replacement has yet to be announced.

The U.S. team arrived in Las Vegas earlier this month for training camp ahead of the Olympics, which are slated to start in less than two weeks on July 23. In addition to training and scrums against Team USA Select, there were also exhibitions against other countries participating in the Olympics.

These did not go as planned for the USA team, however, they were stunned by Nigeria in one of the biggest upheavals in international basketball history, and also lost their first game against Australia this weekend. Although they bounced back and won an easy victory over Argentina, they did not look like the power that won the last three gold medals.

Ahead of his departure for Tokyo, the United States team has another exposure scheduled against Spain on Sunday. At this point, it is not known if this game will be played.

The United States’ group stage opener at the Olympics is scheduled for July 25 against France. They will play three group stage matches before advancing to the knockout stage, assuming they qualify. For a full rundown and schedule you can go here.


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