Saturday, August 16, 2008

USA Blows Out Spain!

Team USA delivered a big time win against Spain 119-82. They really seemed to be in control the whole game; no wavering in who was in control of the game. If Team USA has an MVP, it is Dwayne Wade. He came into these Olympics with more to prove individually than anyone on this team and he has responded. He had shown quickness that I remember from a couple of years ago in Miami's run to a title.

As a team, this should help with their confidence. I know that Coach K will say this in the locker room though, "Okay, we just beat one of the best teams in this tournament. While we should be confident, we have to make sure we don't become overconfident. Stay poised, keep your composure, remember we haven't won a gold medal yet."

Outside shooting, something that was a concern in the first couple of games, was not one in this game. Team USA made 12 of 25 threes. Tayshaun Prince was solid; as Doug Collins said he's an underrated shooter (especially from the shorter three point line). Prince is certainly a candidate to get more minutes, he can bring shooting (like Redd), but he's a much better defender.

The last game of pool play is against Germany. They won't be moving on past group play, they have been a disappointment. The great thing about this game is the front line will be tested. Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki are two NBA guys that will make it challenging for Howard, Boozer and Bosh.


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