WATCH: Kevin Durant Hilariously Mocks Czech Republic Players As Team USA Cruise to Another Win in Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 1:04 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Czech Republic – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States applauds to celebrate after the match REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Team USA clinched their spot in the next round as they beat Czech Republic. In their 3rd game of the Olympics, USA cruised past the Czechs because of a masterclass from Kevin Durant.

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KD made buckets and hurt the Czechs in a big way. Moreover, he had his fun while on the bench, mocking the Czech Republic players. A 35 point win may see Team USA as the top no.2 in the Olympics. Hence, they may get a relatively easy path to gold.

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Coming back to the man of the hour, Durant did not shy away from trash talking the opposition. In particular, Jan Vesely became the target of his hilarious trolling.

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Kevin Durant hilariously trolls the Czechs

If dropping 23 points was not enough, Kevin Durant even used his words to defeat Czech Republic. He was caught on the mic yelling ‘Hell No’ to certain shots that the Czechs took.

Not only was it a clinical performance by the ‘Slim Reaper’, he also broke records. He became the highest scorer for the USA in Olympics, surpassing compatriot Carmelo Anthony for the throne. After a disappointing few games, KD jumped back in the best possible way.

He played an all round game with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 block to his name. KD just needed that bit of time to settle into the new rules. Now that he has found his rhythm, it gives Team USA a huge boost from the opening whistle itself.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States reacts REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With USA playing efficient basketball, it shows why they have dominated the game for so long. Stopping their form will be difficult for any opposition that is in front of them.

Team USA run over Czech Republic

While it looked like a close contest till the 3rd, Team USA turned the tables in no time. With a 119- 84 win, USA ends second in Group A behind the French.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Czech Republic – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Zach Lavine of the United States in action with Jakub Sirina of Czech Republic and Martin Peterka of Czech Republic REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Apart from KD, it was Jayson Tatum who marked his presence in the Olympics. Dropping 27 points along with 2 blocks, Tatum displayed his often discussed caliber.

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In addition, Zach Lavine continued to impress as he scored 13 points, shooting 3-5 from deep. JaVale McGee provided valuable contributions, scoring 10 points in just 4 minutes.

For the Czechs, they played a decent game. The starters did their job. However, the bench just could not get it going. They were outscored by Jayson Tatum alone as they added 25 combined points.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Czech Republic – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Khris Middleton of the United States in action REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Now, USA eyes their 4th consecutive gold and aims to silence all the doubters along the way. Do you think USA will win the gold medal? Let us know in the comments.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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