Are you not entertained? The Tokyo Olympics roll on Tuesday night with opportunities for redemption and, of course, more gold medals. After a jam-packed morning that saw a Simone Biles-less Team USA earn a hard-fought second place finish behind the Russian Olympic Committee in the women’s gymnastics team final and USA softball claim silver after a loss to Japan in the championship game, it’s time to turn our attention to the evening slate.
Luckily for us, that includes a chance for U.S. men’s basketball to bounce back after its loss to France and two opportunities for superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky to capture her first gold of the Games.
If you don’t mind staying up late, you’ll be able to witness Kevin Durant — who enters tonight’s game 15 points shy of tying Carmelo Anthony’s record for points scored in Team USA Olympic history — & Co. as they take on Iran (12:40 a.m. ET, Wednesday). The stakes are high as the Americans could need wins against Iran and the Czech Republic if they hope to make it to the quarterfinals and keep their dreams of a fourth consecutive gold alive.
From Ledecky’s quest for her sixth career gold (GOAT things) to KD’s run at the record books, we got you covered with updates from all of tonight’s action:
Options aplenty for USA men’s basketball despite opening loss
Team USA is 0-1 in pool play at the Olympics after losing to France Sunday. The format from previous games has changed, so the pathway to the advancing to the medal round is different, something the Americans now have to play closer attention to.
Unlike in the past, three are three groups of four teams and not two groups of six, creating some nuance to how teams can advance.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. That means despite the defeat, the Americans still control their destiny. If they beat Iran on Wednesday and then the Czech Republic on Saturday, they will clinch no worse than a second-place finish in their group and will advance.
However, there is a scenario in which the U.S. could lose another game and still advance. Two third-place teams from group play will get through based on their point differential. This means the final score is relevant and running up the score if there is a blowout win opportunity could end up being valuable.
For the eight teams that advance to the quarterfinals, there is a re-draw to set the bracket for the medal round. By placing second or third in a pool, which is a scenario Team USA is facing, they will likely face a harder road to the gold medal. — Brian Windhorst
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 27, 2021
Jordan Chiles getting after it
Jordan Chiles was put on the spot Tuesday when Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team all-around gymnastics competition. While the Americans weren’t able to catch the Russian Olympic Committee for the gold, Chiles performed well and showed some killer dance moves to boot.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 28, 2021