Team USA Advances To Gold Medal Game With Win Over Argentina

The United States is moving on to the gold medal game after a 109-83 win over Argentina.

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VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Talks Dwight Howard Trade After Team USA Win

This is short and sweet, but you knew Craig Sager was going to ask Kobe Bryant about his new teammate, Dwight Howard. Late Thursday night, reports emerged indicating Howard was heading to the Lakers in a huge four-team trade. And as quickly as the rumors popped up, the trade was finalized with the league office.

So naturally, the attention turned to Kobe. And he handled things politically after Team USA beat Argentina to advance to the gold medal game.

"You know, I'm excited. I mean, we know the type of presence he brings and the physicality that he brings. I'm looking forward to it. It's been an incredible summer for us."

Kobe heaped even more praise on Howard later, as well.

Not sure how much truth there is to that statement, but there you go. Kobe has a new toy to play with, and the Lakers have to be considered a favorite, or at least in a select group of favorites, to win the NBA title. So of course Bryant is happy and making his new teammate feel welcome.

For more on the teams involved with the Howard deal, visit Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post, Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll, Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Sixers blogLiberty Ballers.

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Russell Westbrook Injury: Thunder Point Guard Rolls Ankle In Team USA's Game Vs. Argentina

Team USA is well on its way to a blowout win over Argentina in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament, but they still could have some bad news to deal with as they prepare for a gold-medal matchup with Spain on Sunday. Russell Westbrook, the fabulous point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter and limped off the court. His status remains uncertain.

It looked like Westbrook came down awkwardly on that ankle in the lane, rolling it like many basketball players have done over the years. While Westbrook is not one of the team's most important players, he is a strong defensive presence and has been used to change the tempo of many games in this tournament. If he cannot play, it'll likely mean a bigger role for teammate James Harden, who has mostly been the 11th man throughout the Olympics.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.

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LeBron James Does A Typical LeBron James Thing

Ho hum, another chasedown block by LeBron James in a really important spot in a big game. These things happen too often. Bo-ring.

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Team USA Vs. Argentina Score Update: Kobe Bryant Leads Team USA In First Quarter

It didn't take long for Team USA to pick up where they left off from their quarterfinal win over Australia. They got off to a fast start in Friday's semifinal against Argentina, raining three-pointers from the very beginning to take a double-digit lead. However, Argentina rallied by the end of the quarter to cut USA's lead to 24-19 after one quarter.

Kobe Bryant was on fire, much like he was in the second half against Australia. He had 11 first-quarter points, shooting 3-5 from downtown, to get Team USA going. He drove baseline and dunked for his first basket, then continued his hot shooting after that. It didn't matter whether Argentina was guarding him closely.

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But Argentina rallied like the experienced team it is, calming down offensively and attacking Team USA's switches. The Argentinians also switched to a zone that slowed Team USA's offensive onslaught, at least about as well as they could. Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili, as expected, are leading the way with six and five points.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.

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How To Watch Team USA Basketball Vs. Argentina Live Online

The United States and Argentina will play for a spot in the gold medal game and the game can be watched via a live online stream.

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Olympic Basketball 2012, Team USA Vs. Argentina Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The United States will take on Manu Ginobili and Argentina with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

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