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Keldon Johnson shines in Team USA’s final exhibition win against Spain

KJ’s breakout performance helped Team USA head to Japan on a high note.

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In his first game as an official member of the United States men’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics, Spurs swingman Keldon Johnson showed out in the team’s final exhibition game against Spain before heading overseas. With 15 points on 7-9 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and one emphatic block, he helped lead the team’s 83-76 comeback win over the current world champions. Perhaps the only negative was he fouled out late (which in FIBA only requires 5 fouls).

Johnson was promoted from the Select Team to the official 12-man roster following Bradley Beal’s departure due to COVID-19. He had received much praise and from both the coaches and his teammates due to his hustle, positive attitude, and willingness to do the dirty work. As long as he stays healthy, the experience can only be a positive for his basketball career going forward. Winning a gold metal wouldn’t hurt either.

The Olympics begin on Thursday, July 23, and U.S. men’s first game will be on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 AM CT against France before they round out the preliminary round against Iran (July 28) and the Czech Republic (July 31) as part of Group A. All three preliminary games will be played in Saitama, Japan, and elimination games begin on August 3.