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Rio Olympics game thread: USA vs China

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Argentina v United States - USA Basketball Showcase Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The 2016 Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite fears of the Zika virus (and the flu), plumbing and electric problems, and poop filled water, the Olympics have moved forward as planned. Several NBA players decided not to make the trip. LeBron James decided to stay home and rest after bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA Championship. MVP Stephen Curry cited ankle and knee injuries for his absence. Russell Westbrook withdrew from consideration based on things like, you know, the Zika virus, plumbing and electric problems, and poop filled water. Among the other players to pass include James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and Kawhi Leonard.

Even without all those players, Kevin Durant and the rest of team USA kick off their gold medal journey tonight when they take on China. The two teams faced last month in an exhibition game, which USA won by a final score of 106-57. China will look for redemption in official play, led by former NBA player Yi Jianlian and recent Houston Rockets draft pick Zhou Qi.

Rio Olympics
vs
August 6, 2016 @ 3pm PDT
Carioca Arena 1, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
NBC, NBC Sports app, nbcolympics.com
Staring lineups
Kyrie Irving PG Zhao JiWei
Klay Thompson SG Ying Yanyuhang
Kevin Durant SF Zhou Peng
Draymond Green PF Yi Jianlian
DeMarcus Cousins C Zhou Qi
Bench players
Kyle Lowry PG Liu Wei
Jimmy Butler SG Zhao TaiLong
Paul George SF Guo Ailen
Carmelo Anthony PF Wang Zhelin
DeAndre Jordan C Li Muhao
DeMar DeRozan Zhai Xiaochuan
Harrison Barnes Li Gen