LAS VEGAS - JULY 24: Kevin Durant #5 of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team dunks over Rudy Gay #9 of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 24 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The United States basketball team begins preparations for the Olympics on Thursday with an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic.
The United States basketball team plays their first tune-up game ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday night, as they take on the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas, the site of their training camp.
John Calipari's Dominican Republic team was the last team to fail to qualify for the Olympics. They lost in the semifinals and the final play-in game of the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament over the weekend, falling to Nigeria in the decisive game. They're anchored by Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford and Sacramento Kings forward Francisco Garcia.
The United States will be without Blake Griffin for the game after he suffered a knee injury in practice. He has not been officially ruled in or out for the Olympics, and is scheduled for an MRI. Anthony Davis will take his place on the roster, at least temporarily. He isn't guaranteed a place on the Olympic team if Griffin is unable to make the trip to London.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada