The London Olympics will get underway later this week, but Team USA has undertaken a rather extensive exhibition schedule as it prepares for this year's summer games. That schedule continues on Tuesday with another televised game (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m. ET), this time featuring a pair of Los Angeles Lakers teammates as Kobe Bryant faces off against Pau Gasol and the rest of Spain's best players.
It'll be an excellent test for both teams as the USA plays its final tune-up game before beginning its actual Olympic schedule against France on Sunday morning. Team USA is 5-1 against Spain since the 1992 Olympics -- America's last big win against the Spaniards came in the gold medal game at the 2008 Olympics -- but a matchup against the second-ranked team is not to be overlooked.
Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski noted as much, too, following the team's victory over Argentina.
"We're obviously excited about the game," Mike Krzyzewski said. "Playing against Spain, a championship-level team, World champs in 2006, silver medalist in Beijing ... They're just one of the top teams. It gives us the opportunity before the Olympics to play the toughest game that we could play which should help us in our preparation."
It should help in their preparation but, more than that, it'll provide yet another difficult test following Team USA's wins over Argentina and Brazil already this month. If the Americans get past yet another tough matchup, the games won't seem quite as daunting when the games start mattering this weekend.