USA Basketball men's national team exhibition game vs. Australia canceled

Published July 17, 2021, 6:00 AMAssociated Press

The USA Men's National Team exhibition versus Australia on Saturday (PHT) is canceled because of health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The United States’ men’s basketball exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Saturday (PHT) in Las Vegas has been canceled because of health and safety protocols.

USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision Friday. The U.S. women’s game against Australia will be played as scheduled Saturday in Las Vegas.

The decision to cancel the game came hours after Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was ruled out of the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols. The team also said Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant also was in health and safety protocols “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Americans are still scheduled to play Spain on Sunday before heading to Tokyo, with their opening game against France set for July 25.

The U.S. lost its opening two exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia and beat Argentina in the third Tuesday night.