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USA Basketball vs. Venezuela men's national team friendly preview and GameThread

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Team USA plays its fourth friendly stateside, this time against Team Venezuela on Friday night.

The Game

When: Friday, July 29, 9 p.m. ET

TV/Online: NBA TV. If you need a stream, watch it on USA Basketball's or the NBA's Facebook pages.

FIBA Rankings: USA is #1, Venezuela is #22

Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The rosters

Here is the roster for Team USA:

Player Team Position
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks F
Harrison Barnes Dallas Mavericks F
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls F
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings C
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors G
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors F
Paul George Indiana Pacers F
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors F
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers G
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers C
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors G
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors G

And here is the roster for Team Venezuela:

Player Team Position
Gregory Echnique Guaros de Lara (LPB) C
Dwight Lewis Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) F
Miguel Marriaga Marinos De Anzoátegui (LPB) C
Gregory Vargas SLUC Nancy Basket (LNB Pro A, France) G
John Cox Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) G
David Cubillan Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) G
Jose Vargas Marinos De Anzoátegui (LPB) G
Luis Bethelmy Guaros de Lara F
Miguel Ruiz Aduaneros De Carabobo (Venezuela) F
Windi Graterol Guaros de Lara (LPB) F
Heissler Guillent Guaros de Lara (LPB) G
Greivis Vasquez Brooklyn Nets G
Anthony Perez Mississippi Rebels F
Nestor Colmenares Guaros de Lara (LPB) F

UPDATE: Vasquez announced he will not play with Venezuela in the Olympics this season.


Jimmy Butler comes home - Kevin Durant received his first home reception last Tuesday when the American beat China for the second time along with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. This time, it's Jimmy Butler's turn. In addition, Team USA assistant coach Tom Thibodeau returns to Chicago, where he spent several years as the Bulls' head coach.

A prelude for a Group A match - The Venezuelans will play the Americans in group play for the Olympics after an impressive run in the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico last year. Their semifinal win against Canada is likely the reason why they are here instead of . They only have one NBA player in Vasquez who should be more than amped for this contest.

Don't be too sloppy - The Americans did defeat the Chinese 107-57 on Tuesday, but they also committed 16 turnovers. The worst offender was DeAndre Jordan who committed four of them in just less than 10 minutes of action. I get that Team USA will be favored to win today once again -- and they're favored to win every game. However, I hope I don't see another turnover-filled game like what I saw on Tuesday.