Jul 29, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA guard Kevin Durant (5) reacts after dunking the ball against France during the men's basketball preliminary during the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Men's Olympic Basketball: Russia, Spain Early Winners, USA Downs Tunisia

The men's Olympic basketball tournament continues Tuesday with the United States taking on Tunisia.

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Meet Brazil, The Undefeated Contender Who Looks Absolutely Awful

Brazil scored all of four points in the first quarter against Britain on Tuesday. Yet somehow, the Brazilians are undefeated and a couple of tweaks from a potential run at the Team USA and gold.


A Golden Age Of Olympic Point Guards

Alexey Shved of Russia and Marcelinho of Brazil are among the unexpected stars of the London Olympics thus far, underscoring the heightened importance of top point guard play at the international level.


How To Watch Team USA Basketball Vs. Tunisia Live

Team USA continues their quest for gold against Tunisia on Tuesday, starting at 5:15 p.m. ET.


China Vs. Russia, Olympics 2012: Andrei Kirilenko, Russia Win Easily, 73-54

Timberwolves fans have to be pleased from the partnership on display between Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, who led Russia to their second straight easy victory to open the second day of the Olympics men's basketball tournament with a 73-54 win over China.

The Russians advance to 2-0 in group play, although against weak competition, while China is 0-2. China will likely need to win two of their final three games against Australia and Great Britain to advance as one of the top four teams in Group B.

The Russians pulled away from the start, scoring 20 or more points in each of the first three quarters while never allowing the Chinese to score more than 15. Yi Jianlian was still the heart of the Chinese offense, following up a 30 point effort in the team's first game with 16 points against Russia, but no other Chinese player reached double digits and the Russians never had reason to fear.

Kirilenko and Shved didn't put up the absolutely gaudy numbers they recorded in their Olympics opener against Great Britain - in that game, Kirilenko had a tournament-high 35 points while Shved added 16 points and 13 assists - but Kirilenko still notched 16 points and brought down nine boards while Shved had 15 and six assists. The pair already played together this year with CSKA Moscow, and both have signed with the Timberwolves in recent weeks. Their CSKA teammate and former Kansas big man Sasha Kaun added 13 points and six boards while Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov had ten 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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