FIBA: LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony Spark Second Quarter Run, Team USA Dominates Puerto Rico
Revenge is best served cold. On Tuesday evening, Team USA reinforced this point by beating Puerto Rico 117-78 at the FIBA Americas Tournament. The win was payback. At the 2004 Olympics, Puerto Rico upset Team USA-a fact not lost on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and others who suited up for Stars and Stripes in Athens …
Revenge is best served cold. On Tuesday evening, Team USA reinforced this point by beating
The win was payback. At the 2004 Olympics, Puerto Rico upset Team USA-a fact not lost on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and others who suited up for Stars and Stripes in Athens.
Here are my observations:
- Night and day. That’s the difference between Team USA in 2004 and Team USA in 2007. The Olympic squad that lost to
Puerto Ricowas a collection of squabbling All-Stars, while this current team is exactly that-a team.
- The Americans had a slow first quarter. But they got a second quarter lift from an interesting unit: Carmelo Anthony, , Dwight Howard, , and Deron Williams. James’ passing and Anthony’s outside shooting sparked an impressive 22-4 run.
- Amare Stoudemire has been boasting about his new three-point shot. I have been skeptical. Call me old fashioned, but I believe posts should play, well, the post. But STAT deserves creative license. On Tuesday, he provided great energy and was hyper-active on the offensive glass.
- Kobe Bryant gave a clinic on how to deny the ball. He made it impossible for his man to receive the ball.
- Team USA went back to their old starting five. Jason Kidd and were back in the first unit; and came off the bench. And Tayshaun Prince returned from an ankle injury sustained earlier in the tournament.
What do you think of Team USA’s performance against
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