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Because you want to be like Sue and Carmelo. Kevin WHO!?

Olympics: Basketball-Women's Team-Preliminary Round Group B-USA vs SRB Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday! The Americans are back in action today

USA Women take on Canada this afternoon

Canada v Serbia - Women's Basketball - Olympics: Day 3 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Americans take on their northern neighbors at 2:30 p.m. ET. It’s on NBC SportsNet, but also online at NBCOlympics.com.

These two teams met earlier during the USA Basketball Showcase back at the Mecca of Women’s Basketball on July 29. The Americans won 83-43.

Sure, Canada is not as good as the USA, but they are undefeated so far in the group play, and this game is essentially for the #1 seed in Group B once the quarterfinals come around.

This time, the team of Maple Leafs will have to pull out every stop if they hope to have a performance like the Australian Boomers did against the USA men’s team on Wednesday. IF you’re Canadian, you hope for even more than that.

Women’s Basketball Group B Standings

  • T-1: Canada (3-0)
  • T-1: United States (3-0)
  • 3: Spain (2-1)
  • 4: China (1-2)
  • T-5: Senegal (0-3)
  • T-5: Serbia (0-3)

Other Women’s Basketball Group B Games

  • Serbia vs. China, 11:15 a.m. ET - After Wednesday’s beatdown, the Serbians look to get back on track against the Chinese. I’ll give them the nod here.
  • Spain vs. Senegal, 4:$5 p.m. ET - The Spanish should have this.

USA men take on Serbia this evening

Team USA will take on Serbia at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NBC SportsNet on TV, but NBCOlympics.com also has an online stream for you.

  • The Serbians are just 1-2 heading into tonight’s match, but could very easily still be 2-1 if they could have pulled the upset against France.

Men’s Basketball Group A Standings

  • 1: United States (3-0)
  • T-2: Australia (2-1)
  • T-2: France (2-1)
  • T-4: Serbia (1-2)
  • T-4: Venezuela (1-2)
  • 6: China (0-3)

Other Men’s Basketball Group A Games:

  • China vs. Australia, 1:15 p.m. ET - The Boomers should have their way against the Chinese. SB Nation’s (and BF founder) Mike Prada has more on what’s going to make their offense hard to stop in general.
  • France vs. Venezuela, 9:30 p.m. ET - The Venezuelans haven’t impressed me thus far. This is the French’s game to lose.

Miscellaneous: The men’s team likes the women’s team. A lot.

DeAndre Jordan wants to be like Sue Bird and Elena Delle Donne one day.

Jimmy Butler also chipped in and added his points on why he’s more like the “male Sue Bird,” if you will.

We often hear commentary or see women’s players compliment their men’s counterparts so it’s interesting to see that there’s a bit of a role reversal here. It’s also a sign of how things changed since the WNBA began nearly 20 years ago and how it has affected men’s basketball players.

Today’s NBA players grew up playing alongside many girls’ basketball players where they would play in the same gyms and share the same facilities. They also would have went to many of the same colleges. So, it’s not surprising to see that the men do respect the players on the women’s team to be honest. They really do admire them.

That’s it from me. Enjoy the games.