Greece, Germany in Americans' Olympic group
Olympic basketball: ‘The same cast of characters'

Modified: July 21, 2008 at 12:14 am •  Published: July 21, 2008
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more or less know the teams that are going to be there.”

Croatia earned the other spot from the Athens tournament and was drawn into Group A, which includes defending champion Argentina, Lithuania, Russia, Australia and Iran.

The Olympic tournament begins on Aug. 10, with the Americans facing the Chinese in the final game of the night.

Germany used strong long-range shooting to take a 48-39 halftime lead, and three consecutive 3-pointers within 46 seconds — two by Robert Garrett and one by Demond Greene — stretched the advantage to 70-54 with 1:48 left in the third period. The Puerto Ricans could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Germany also gave the United States a tough game in the world championships, with the Americans pulling away in the second half for an 85-65 victory in the quarterfinals. The Germans now feature Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman alongside Nowitzki in their frontcourt.


Group A
1. Argentina

2. Australia

3. Iran

4. Lithuania

5. Russia

6. Croatia

Group B
1. Angola

2. China

3. Spain

4. USA

5. Germany

6. Greece

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