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Zach LaVine lands in Tokyo after brief stay in protocols

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After a brief stay under USA Basketball's health and safety protocols, Zach LaVine has touched down in Tokyo.

The Chicago Bulls guard joined the U.S. Men's Basketball National Team in Japan a few days late, but social media posts from the program's official accounts confirmed his arrival:

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Zach LaVine arrives in Tokyo

Not only that, it appears LaVine got some practice run in advance of the team's Olympic opener against France on Sunday. Here he is burying a pull-up jumper over Spurs forward Keldon Johnson:

In a press conference after LaVine cleared protocols, head coach Gregg Popovich said the expectation is that LaVine will suit up against France if his travel and ensuing practice participation proceeded without incident.

LaVine was certainly one of the team's fresher set of legs in exhibition play. Across four games, in which Team USA went 2-2, LaVine averaged 10.8 points while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from 3-point range.

Though he started their final two exhibition contests, growing in importance after Bradley Beal entered protocol and was ruled out for the Olympics, LaVine's precise role with the team is not yet known given Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton's impending arrival. 

But provided he does play in the opener, you can watch him and Team USA butt heads with France Sunday at 7 a.m. CT on NBC Sports Network.

RELATED: 3 takeaways: LaVine's Team USA exhibition play, Olympic role

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