Pop credits Draymond with helping Team USA end two-game skid

Durant and Draymond

Team USA's tune-up schedule for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics got off to a rough start over the last four days with back-to-back losses to Nigeria and Australia.

Gregg Popovich's team squad looked overmatched in the first two games in Las Vegas, and they needed a shot in the arm against Argentina at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Tuesday.

Warriors forward Draymond Green was one of the guys who provided that spark in Team USA's 108-80 win over Argentina.

Green played nearly 18 minutes off the bench, finishing with eight points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

While the numbers don't jump off the page, Green's eight points led all Team USA reserves, and Popovich made sure to highlight Green's impact in the win.

Green had a few highlights in the win, including a fake handoff and drive to the rim for a dunk that Warriors fans have gotten used to seeing over the last nine years.

With Team USA opening up a big lead over Argentina, Green took a pass from Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland, converted the layup and drew the foul.

Green has been instrumental in the rise of the Warriors' dynasty that saw the team reach five straight NBA Finals and win three NBA championships, so it's no surprise that when Team USA needed a kick in the butt, the three-time All-Star delivered.


Green and Team USA play two more exhibition games in Las Vegas against Australia on Friday and Spain on Sunday before heading to Tokyo, where they will play their first game of the Olympics against France on July 25.

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