USA Basketball Game 2: USA 97 – Angola 76
Another bad showing from behind the arc, but the United States once again used their overpowering force to basically bully a weaker opponent via the fast break.
Now we get to see how this strategy does against a team like Greece, which can actually push back.
The US was a dismal 5 for 21 from beyond the arc, however, that was mostly due to the efforts of Kobe “I love the three ball” Bryant, who put up an 0fer from three-point land in eight tries!! Otherwise, 5 for 13 does not even look that bad (Michael Redd was oh for two, as well, surprisingly).
Lebron James was dominant, but it was a bit disheartening to see the United States seemingly pull back a bit after building up a huge half-time lead of 55-37. For example, the US was actually out-scored in the fourth quarter by eight points! Yes, obviously, the game was out of reach by then, but still, the bench of the US team should be getting out-scored by eight points by Angola!
Carmelo Anthony looked good, by the way, in case folks were wondering.
Anyhow, next up is Greece – this should be a fun game!
Oh, yeah, one other notable game – Spain went into the fourth quarter today trailing China by fourteen points!!
Yes, they made up the deficit then kicked China’s ass in overtime (Gasol was a beast), but wow, that is not a good sign for Spain.