Team USA Is in for a Gold Medal Basketball Brawl Against Serbia

August 19th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Team USA continued its trend of doing just enough to win, advancing to the gold-medal game with an 82-76 Friday victory over Spain.

Klay Thompson led the U.S. with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and, for much of the time the contest was in doubt, represented the only consistent scoring threat. As it's wont to do, though, Thompson's shot selection got more dubious as it became clearer he was the only American hitting.

"Just constant movement," Thompson said on the NBC broadcast. "Not trying to change what I do in the regular season. I know my shot will come."

The shots came, but only for Thompson, as Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post commented:

Call it a microcosm of an American squad specializing in "yeah, it was fine, but..." performances.

The win won't satisfy the expectations that have been attached to Team USA throughout the tournament, and maybe now that we're on the verge of the final game in this competition, it's time to accept there may not be a transcendent, wholly dominant effort coming.

That's not to say the U.S. was bad against Spain, an opponent with ...

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