Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Team USA Squeezes by the Aussies!

Team USA beat Australia in a surprisingly close 87-76 exhibition game. Australia was really in it for all four quarters and they did it all without top NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut (ankle injury). I was impressed by young guard Patrick Mills, he's a small, speedy guy who p could make a lot of noise.

The Australian offense seemed to be better than any other team they faced. With Bogut playing, this team could have had it in single digits. The first couple of quarters were the worst for the US, but in the second, LeBron James went on an onslaught and gave the USA a nice cushion. It seemed that the Aussies always had another run in them.

Based on this game I would say that they have a lot to work on. Constant intensity on both ends is not there, half court execution is not there and I want to see a real conserted effort for 40 minutes. The first game for the US is on Sunday against China. I hope they come out and prove that they are better than the way they played today.