Friday , Aug , 31 , 2007 Oly Sandor

FIBA: Kobe Bryant’s First Quarter & Carmelo Anthony’s Dunk Help Team USA Cruise Past Argentina

It wasn’t a blowout. But it wasn’t close, either. Team USA, in a battle between two unbeaten squads, cruised to an easy 91-76 victory over Argentina in second round play at the FIBA Americas Tournament. With the win, Team USA earned the first seed in Saturday’s semi-finals round. And Stars and Stripes looks like a lock to secure one of two births to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing …

It wasn’t a blowout. But it wasn’t close, either. Team USA, in a battle between two unbeaten squads, cruised to an easy 91-76 victory over Argentina in second round play at the FIBA Americas Tournament.

With the win, Team USA earned the first seed in Saturday’s semi-finals round. And Stars and Stripes looks like a lock to secure one of two births to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Here are my observations from last night’s game:

  • Think wanted to make a statement? His first quarter was Jordan-esque, raining three-pointers and bringing down the Vegas house with a reverse through-the-legs dribble in traffic. Mamba finished with 27 points.
  • And the award for best poster job in an international competition goes to .  Last night, Anthony packed a fierce one-handed jam on some poor Argentine, who will now appear in countless youtube videos.
  • Luis Scola is going to be a solid NBA player. Last night, he hit for 20 points and pulled down five rebounds despite receiving extra attention from the American defense. The Argentine will have a big year in Houston.
  • Michael Redd needs to get going. He missed his first few shots before finally connecting on a three-pointer. Mike Miller could soon replace Redd in the rotation.
  • Team USA continues to get solid play from their two point guards and . Billups and Kidd combined for 10 points and 10 assists last night.
  • Argentina out-rebounded Team USA 37-28. This statistic is misleading because Argentina shot poorly from the floor and could follow up their misses. But Team USA, with just a few legit bigs, should keep an eye on their rebounding.
  • Dwight Howard had another nice outing, contributing nine points and nine rebounds in limited minutes. However, his best moves came at halftime. Did you catch The Lion King dancing and imitating Shaquille O’Neal? Priceless, absolutely priceless.

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