They weren’t expecting to see them until the gold-medal match, but the Boomers will face off against Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics basketball semi-final epic today.
The Aussies have beaten the American side twice outside of Olympic competition. However, they have never toppled the basketball giant at the Games.
Many believe this is Australia’s best chance as the USA have looked vulnerable, dropping their first game in the group stage.
The Boomers’ main man Patty Mills is in great shooting form, putting up 22 points a game en route to the semi-final.
Australia’s defence has been their calling card thus far but Kevin Durant, the USA’s leading scorer, is waiting.
What time are the Boomers playing today?
Boomers vs USA will tipoff at 2:15pm AEST, which is 1:15pm local time in Tokyo. If you’re tuning in from the Western side of Australia, the Boomers will get underway at 12:15pm AWST.
How to watch the Australian Boomers vs USA?
Channel 7 and 7plus have exclusive rights to the Tokyo Olympics and are the only places you can watch the Games legally.
Given it’s the biggest game of Australia’s campaign so far, Channel 7 will likely show Boomers vs USA on their main free-to-air channel, which is channel 70 in metro areas. However, the Olympics broadcaster hasn’t been afraid to toggle between events while the Australians are still on the court. Hence, if you can’t find it there, make sure to check 7mate, that’s channel 73 in metro areas.
If you’d like to have more control, you can live stream the Boomers’ encounter on 7plus for free online. 7plus offer an app for Mac and Android devices, available through the relevant app store. Though, you can also access the Olympic streaming service directly through your internet browser.
Most smart TVs also allow you to reach 7plus by searching from the main application page, as do gaming consoles. You can also stream the Australian Boomers in action on your TV via casting devices such as Chromecast.
Channel 7’s commentary team of John Casey, Andrew Gaze and Andrew Bogut will call the crucial semi-final match.
Tip off: 2:15pm (AEST)
Venue: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo
TV: Channel Seven
Patty Mills (c), Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Chris Goulding, Josh Green, Nic Kay, Jock Landale, Joe Ingles, Duop Reath, Nathan Sobey, Matisse Thybulle
Kevin Durant (c), Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Jerami Grant, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Keldon Johnson, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, JaVale McGee, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum