Starting Lineups: Team USA Defeats Spain 100-78, Now What?

After a shaky first quarter which saw our beloved American hoopers go down by nine points to a game Spain squad, Team USA surged ahead to a lead in the second quarter and never looked back in a 100-78 victory in Barcelona's beautiful Palau Saint Jordi arena.

Couple of points, quickly.

  • Serge Ibaka and Pau Gasol went a combined 14-19 shooting from the floor. That's a 74% shooting percentage. Yikes.
  • Marc Gasol didn't play at all.
  • Tyson Chandler could have fouled out in the first half if Coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't pull him out the game. The Knicks center officially fouled out with eight minutes remaining in the contest.
  • Don't we all wish Ricky Rubio was healthy? Collective 🙁 face.
  • That's the greatest shooting performance I've ever seen from Carmelo Anthony in ages. 38% chance he never does that again.

Me thinks Spain held back a ton in this game (along with Argentina), and maybe Coach K's got some things up his sleeve, basketball fans, we need a competitive game or two; you know...we need our fix. *scratches neck nervously*

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