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Olympic Basketball Exhibition Season Open Thread: Team USA Vs. Brazil

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July 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States forward Kobe Bryant (10) talks with United States forward Kevin Durant (5) prior to USA team training at the Smith Center at George Washington University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
July 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States forward Kobe Bryant (10) talks with United States forward Kevin Durant (5) prior to USA team training at the Smith Center at George Washington University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE


Nene Hilario and Team Brazil square off against DMV-native Kevin Durant and Team USA from the Verizon Center tonight at 8 PM EST on ESPN2. Brazil has a very solid team, especially up front, with a big man rotation consisting of Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao, and the aforementioned Nene. It'll be interesting to see how the comparitively undersized Team USA handles their size, as Coach K has favored going small, having played both Kevin Love and Lebron James at center this summer. Fortunately, help in the form of Select squad call up Anthony Davis will be available, which should be interesting.

The game should be a good one. Even though Team USA is favored, Brazil has the 13th ranked team in the world according to FIBA. Team USA will have an edge as far as overall talent and Leandro Barbosa should be completely unable to guard Kobe Bryant, but it's important not to overlook the chemistry Team Brazil will have as a result of how long they've played together and how familiar all of the players are with international rules.

Here are the expected starting lineups, and comment away in order to join the discussion with the rest of the Bullets Forever crew.

Team Brazil: Nenê, Anderson Varejão, Marcus Vinicius, Leandro Barbosa, Marcelinho Huertas

Team USA: Tyson Chandler, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, and Chris Paul.