The U.S. men's basketball team throttled its opponents from Argentina on Monday night in London but it may have been one of the Americans who felt the sharpest pain during the Group A game.

After letting loose a three-point shot during a U.S. outburst in the third quarter, Carmelo Anthony was the victim of what looked a lot like an intentional cheap shot from Facundo Campazzo, the Argentine player defending him on the play.

A replay of the action reveals Campazzo sticking his arm out as Anthony comes down after the shot. He jabs Anthony in the groin, causing him to fall to the ground. The reaction to the play on Twitter came before Anthony could even get back to his feet.


Adrian Wojnarowski
Replay shows Facundo Campazzao hit Carmelo Anthony in the groin on three-point shot near USA bench.


Arash Markazi
I've watched the replay a dozen times. It looks like Campazzo swipes at Anthony and may have hit him in the groin.

Several on the U.S. bench started barking about the play but no one was more furious by the foul than coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was arguing with Argentina forward Luis Scola near the scorer's table until referees intervened.

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According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the cheap shot may have been in retaliation to a hit Campazzo suffered earlier in the game at the hands of Chris Paul. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted that Campazzo accused Paul of punching him and apologized to Kobe Bryant after the game, but didn't apologize to Anthony because "Chris Paul didn't apologize to me."


After the U.S. won 126-97, Tyson Chandler didn't mince words when asked about the incident.


Frank Isola
Tyson Chandler on Facundo Campazzo punching Carmelo Anthony in the groin: "It was a cheap shot."

This post has been updated to include additional information about Chris Paul's role in the incident.

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    Tyson Chandler #4 of United States jumps the ball up against Luis Scola #4 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Kevin Durant #5 of United States gestures while playing against Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Kobe Bryant #10 of United States shoots the ball against Manu Ginobili #5 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US guard Kobe Bryant (front) vies with Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Lebron James #6 of United States gestures while playing against Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Russell Westbrook #7 of United States goes to the basket against Martin Leiva #12 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US forward LeBron James reacts during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US guard Deron Williams (L) vies with Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (C) tries to score during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US guard Kobe Bryant reacts during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US centre Tyson Chandler (R) vies with Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) vies with Argentinian forward Luis Scola during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US forward Kevin Durant jumps to the basket past Argentinian forward Federico Kammerichs (R) during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Manu Ginobili #5 of Argentina gets fouled by Kevin Love #11 and Deron Williams #8 of United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Hernan Jasen #14 of Argentina shoots the ball over Andre Iguodala #9 of United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Argentinian forward Federico Kammerichs reacts during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US guard Chris Paul (C) vies with Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Leo Gutierrez #7 of Argentina goes to the hoop against Deron Williams #8 of and Carmelo Anthony #15 of the United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Carlos Delfino #10 of Argentina goes to the hoop against Chris Paul #13 and Lebron James #6 of United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Lebron James #6 of United States handles the ball against Andres Nocioni #13 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US forward LeBron James reacts during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Argentinian centre Juan Gutierrez (C) vies with US forward Kevin Love (L)during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Federico Kammerichs #15 of Argentina goes to the basket against Lebron James #6 of United States as Hernan Jasen #14 of Argentina looks on during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US guard Russell Westbrook (C) vies with Argentinian forward Hernan Jasen during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Chris Paul #13 of United States passes the ball against Juan Gutierrez #9 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Luis Scola #4 of Argentina goes to the hoop against Kevin Love #11 of United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez lies after being injured during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US forward LeBron James (R) jumps to the basket during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US guard Kobe Bryant (L) jumps to the basket with Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Luis Scola #4 of Argentina goes to the hoop against Tyson Chandler #4 of United States during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Tyson Chandler #4 of United States goes to the hoop against Andres Nocioni #13 and Carlos Delfino #10 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US guard Kobe Bryant (R) stands by Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    The US team sits on the bench during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Lebron James #6 of United States celebrates with Tyson Chandler #4 against Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US guard Kobe Bryant (L) vies with Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    US centre Tyson Chandler reacts during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.

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    Head coach of the United States Mike Krzyzewski breaks up an altercation between team United States and Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Argentina on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Head coach of the United States Mike Krzyzewski reacts during an altercation between team United States and Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Argentina on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Head coach of the United States Mike Krzyzewski talks with Luis Scola #4 of Argentina after an altercation between team United States and Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Argentina on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Kevin Durant #5 of United States has words with Juan Gutierrez #9 of Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    US players react during the men's basketball preliminary round match Argentina vs USA as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London.