The U.S. women’s basketball team heads into Saturday’s contest against Japan looking to extend its Olympic winning streak to 55 games and capture its seventh consecutive gold medal.
The Americans have largely overpowered the opposition in this year’s tournament, winning their previous five Olympic contests by an average of 16.2 points. And yet, Team USA guard Sue Bird believes this group hasn’t put together its best performance.
“As usual with USA Basketball, when we come together, we just try to get on a path where we’re just getting better and better every day along the journey,” Bird said after a semifinal win over Serbia. “And so I still think there’s another level that we can get to, and I hope that’s what happens in two days.”
Will Team USA reach that level and continue its run of dominance? Or will Japan pull off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic basketball history?
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USA vs. Japan basketball score
USA vs. Japan live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympic gold-medal game
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What time does USA vs. Japan start today?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 7
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET | 7:30 p.m. PT
The 2021 Olympic women’s basketball gold-medal game between the United States and Japan is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will be the final game of the women’s tournament.
How to watch USA Olympic basketball games
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
The USA vs. Japan women’s basketball gold-medal game will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday, Aug. 7. It can also be streamed via NBCOlympics.com.
USA basketball schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 27||USA 81, Nigeria 72||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|July 30||USA 86, Japan 69||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 2||USA 93, France 82||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 4||USA 79, Australia 55||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 6||USA 79, Serbia 59||12:40 a.m.||NBC|
|Aug. 7||Gold-medal game vs. Japan||10:30 p.m.||NBC|