A clash between speed and size

U.S.-Spain final mirrors possible showcase of styles in NBA Finals

Originally Published: August 11, 2012
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
USA BasketballKyle Terada/US PresswireSunday will pit Team USA's speed against Spain's size, like how the Heat might attack the Lakers.

Finally, the matchup we've been waiting for will take place on Sunday for the Olympic gold medal: Team USA versus Spain. Even before these two teams punched their ticket to the championship game, this matchup was already being framed as a fascinating battle between two differing brands of basketball:

Speed versus size.

Funny, because in light of the Dwight Howard deal that went down on Friday, that's also how we're already framing the 2012-13 NBA Finals.

Speed versus size.

No, Team USA isn't a carbon copy of the Miami Heat, and Spain isn't a mirror image of the Los Angeles Lakers. But with the way these two teams match up on paper, there's a chance it foreshadows a clash of styles we might see in the NBA next season. Can Team USA's speed, floor spacing and versatility overcome Spain's trees in Serge Ibaka and the Gasol brothers?