2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA’s Sloppy Funk Continues In Empty Rout

September 1st, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Hold that gold medal thought and keep the panic button close. Do not press it yet. Team USA towed its line and remained undefeated.

The United States, though, was competing with itself more than Iran, given the overmatched nature of the one-win opponent and the onerous elimination round ahead.

In another glorified scrimmage, the Americans scored an average grade on an important test. They should have pounded the hapless Iranians by at least 50 points and led by more than six after the first 10 minutes. Instead, the status quo first quarter defined a feckless 88-51 victory.

Wednesday's lap of luxury presented Mike Krzyzewski with an opportunity to practice his team's vulgar half-court execution, since the U.S. wrapped up this colossal mismatch before the opening tip.

The negatives far outweighed the positives. I will accentuate the efficacious results first.

Kevin Love entered the game early in the second quarter and scored nine quick points--a two handed lay-in off a feed from Russel Westbrook, two put-backs, and a three-pointer. He bodied up center Hamed Haddadi ...

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