Olympic Men's Basketball: USA vs. Tunisia Preview

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Jul 29, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA players Russell Westbrook (7) and LeBron James (middle) celebrate after the men's basketball preliminary against France during the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA will take on Tunisia in their second Olympic pool game Tuesday 5:15 EDT.
 
And while this matchup is certainly nothing to write home about (at least ostensibly), it does introduce a few intriguing storylines.
 
After trailing the entire game and losing 60-56 to Nigeria in their first Olympic appearance ever (and only scoring 15 points in the first half), Tunisia will be looking to bounce back early against a far more accomplished USA team.
 
Notoriously scrappy, Tunisia will battle on the boards and fight for 50/50 balls, things that may cause problems for the US if they cannot control their penchant for fouling early. They can also hit from long range and have an athletic front line, including 6’8” Makrem Ben Romdhane, who scored 12 points in 12 minutes against Nigeria.
 
If Team USA blows the game open early as expected, first round draft pick Anthony Davis will most likely see extended action after playing only eight minutes against France. Kevin Love will also get more involved after scoring 14 points in 14 minutes in his previous appearance, a great boost in production after a sub-par showing during exhibition play.
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