LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Lebron James #6 of United States and Kobe Bryant #10 of United States look on during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Team USA basketball plays its first game of the 2012 London Olympics' knockout round on Wednesday afternoon against Australia. Americans can watch online at NBCOlympics.com or on the NBC Sports Network.
Team USA had a couple of small stumbles during pool at the 2012 London Olympics, but the team led by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Co. never faltered when it came to being ahead on the final scoreboard. Coach Krzyzewski is hoping those small bits of adversity help his team on Wednesday afternoon as they face Australia in the first round of knockout play.
The game is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast live in the United States on the NBC Sports Network and also be available via a live online stream at NBCOlympics.com.
It shouldn't be incredibly difficult for the Americans to overcome Australia considering they've done just that in all 13 of the two team's meetings, but Team USA has seemingly been a bit lucky thus far considering they're shooting an absurd 46 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Americans obviously have the ability to score by slashing, too, but it remains to be seen how quickly they'll be able to make that adjustment if their shots suddenly start to stop falling.
As far as Australia is concerned, they were able to put together a good run behind Patty Mills and his Aussie teammates with wins over China, Great Britain and Russia in pool play. They lost to the two elite teams in their pool, however, and playing America is going to be an even more difficult matchup than Spain and Brazil.