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Jayson Tatum ruled out for Team USA vs. Argentina

Celtics forward is dealing with knee soreness and is considered day-to-day.

Jayson Tatum #10 of the United States dribbles behind his back as he brings the ball up the court against Josh Green #0 of the Australia Boomers during an exhibition game at Michelob Ultra Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Australia defeated the United States 91-83. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Team USA basketball forward Jayson Tatum has been ruled out for Tuesday night’s exhibition game against Argentina due to knee soreness. Tatum is considered day-to-day. The United States has dropped two straight exhibition games so far in their preparation for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Team USA lost to Australia on Monday night just a few days after falling to Nigeria over the weekend.

Despite two straight losses for Team USA, they’re supposed to be the favorites to win the gold medal in Tokyo. The U.S. enters their matchup vs. Argentina as 17.5-point favorites on Tuesday night. No Tatum could make things a bit tougher against the No. 4 ranked team in the world. Both Nigeria and Australia should be considered weaker opponents than Argentina, which has won gold at the Olympics, back in 2004.

With Tatum sidelined for the U.S., we could see more minutes for San Antonio Spurs F Keldon Johnson off the bench. Cleveland Cavaliers G Darius Garland could also get some more run while Draymond Green and Kevin Durant will likely rotate more at SF/PF in the front court.