USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken breaks down probable highlights from the Rio Games on Aug. 18th.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Two years later, the Team USA-Spain showdown we’ve all been waiting for in men’s basketball is finally on the books.
The Americans finally found their rhythm on Wednesday in a 105-78 win over Argentina in Olympic quarterfinal play, recovering from an early 10-point deficit to earn a semifinal game against the Spanish team that so many expected them to face in a FIBA World Cup gold medal matchup in Madrid in 2014.
Better late than never.
When Spain was knocked out of FIBA play in a quarterfinals loss to France, it robbed the basketball world of the matchup so many wanted to see. The Americans, with four players from that team who are here in Rio, went on to win the gold against Serbia in the final. It was fitting, then, that Spain dominated France on Wednesday afternoon to ensure its part in this hoops play. And…