I've been disappointed by some of Team USA's earlier performances, but it sounds like they are good enough to win. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to watch the first two medal-round games (Australia, Agrentina last night Beijing time) due to the early morning starts. I am eagerly awaiting waking up at 2:30 am Eastern to watch the gold medal game (USA vs. Spain). I have to honestly say that I don't think it will be much of a game.
I could be wrong though. Team USA's 37 point win over Spain doesn't really mean anything now. Sure, it helped their confidence in pool play, but, like Team USA was reminded, everyone was 0-0 again and both of these squads are now 2-0. Spain knew that they were going to get past pool play and now maybe they'll pull out new tricks from the bag. Better defense and a shorter rotation should help Spain keep the margin respectable in the first half (I would consider Argentina's 101-81 loss respectable).
Either way, it will be nice to see both of these clubs finish one and two. Spain has gone through a great generation and they should be a top team a little longer (Ricky Rubio and the other new blood can take the torch maybe). While the presumptive result is a pretty comfortable US win, I would still love to see a great down to the wire contest.
So if you can't bare getting up early, forget the Sunday paper and come to Basketball Notes by Alex (don't forget your coffee)!
(Sorry for the bad picture, I'm going get better at editing sometime!)