‘Even Iran Won’t Guard Draymond’: Twitter Reacts to Team USA Thrashing Iran in Their Second Game at Tokyo Olympics

Published 07/28/2021, 3:28 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Iran – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 28, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates scoring a three pointer with Draymond Green of the United States REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Kevin Durant and Team USA are well and truly back! If anybody doubted their intentions at this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020, their second encounter against the Islamic Republic of Iran was a statement. Utterly dominating the team in red, USA sent a warning to all the other medal contenders. The match practically finished in the first half itself, with the USA acquiring a monumental 60-30 lead.

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The unstoppable force named Damian Lillard

Starting for Gregg Popovich’s side in the attack was the ravishing duo of Damian Lillard and Devin Booker. Both these players are key features for their NBA franchises and possess some of the longest ranges seen in the game. The two were up and running in no time, particularly Lillard. The 31-year-old from California showed just why he is considered one of the league’s best guards.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Damian Lillard of the United States in action with Rudy Gobert of France REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Lillard played all over the zone and sent down multiple deflating threes. Iran had no answer to the attack of Lillard, which is one of the most technically sound attacks in the world. He finished with 21 points in the night. In addition, contrary to the first game against France, Lillard’s teammates also stood up. Irrespective of what the scorecard showed, Kevin Durant was in a much better rhythm today. The legendary Brooklyn Nets star was back to influencing how USA’s attack pans out.

It was the perfect culmination to a perfect day for Gregg Popovich and co. The team finished with as many as six scorers in the double digits. What’s even better is the fact that USA scored almost double what the Iranians managed. The final score read Team USA 120-66.

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Fans ecstatic after Team USA dominates Iran

Following the blank that they drew on the opening night, USA was back to its best form. Fans over the world were waiting to see their side rule the world again and were delighted with the team’s dominant performance against Iran. USA has kept their Tokyo 2020 Olympics dreams alive, and basketball buffs have reacted.

Meanwhile, some fans were still dissatisfied and wanted better things from the USA side.

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Regardless of the external factors, Team USA will be delighted that they got over the line in fine fashion. Next up for Gregg Popovich and co. is the Czech Republic, who also beat Iran earlier. Yet, USA will look to keep the momentum going!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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