Preview: US gets China in second exhibition

Sam Amico

The United State Olympic basketball team faces China in the second of five exhibition games Sunday in Los Angeles.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.

Here's a quick primer:


United States: Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Draymond Green, Carmelo Anthony.

China: Zhao Jiwei, Sui Ran, Guo Ailun, Ding Yanyuhang, Zhai Xiaochaun, Zhou Peng, Yi Jianlian, Li Gen, Li Muhao, Zou Yuchen, Zhou Qi, Wang Zhelin.


1. The Americans creamed Argentina in the first exhibition last week. They'll face China again Tuesday in Oakland.

2. Kevin Durant scored 23 to lead Team USA. DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds and Kyrie Irving passed for six assists.

3. Two players to watch for China: Former NBA forward Yi Jianlian, and center Zhou Qi, a 7-foot-2 second-round draft pick of the Rockets.

4. Former NBA guard and Chinese Basketball vet Bobby Brown on Zhou: "He reminds me of Kristaps Porzingis but not as good."


Kyrie Irving on if LeBron James gave him Olympics tips: "Nah. I know what to expect. It's lot more physical. Playing in the World Championships gave me great experience. I’m looking forward to taking that and applying it to the Olympics."

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski: "What I’ve learned is I have a team that’s very willing to work, they’re very unselfish and they like one another."

Kevin Durant after the first exhibition: "Anything can happen in basketball. Nothing is ever for sure. We want to get this gold, but we’re not gold medalists right now, we don’t have the gold around our necks. So once it’s for sure then we’ll be excited, but right now we’ve got a job to do, prepare the right way every day."