Thursday, July 19, 2012

USA Men Rout Brits, Love Becoming an Afterthought in Coach K's Rotation

The USA men won for the 3rd time in 3 exhibition games, and this one was the easiest of all, 118-78 over the Brits at Manchester. The USA led 33-20 after 1 period, 55-37 after 2, then 89-55 after a 34-18 domination in the 3rd quarter.

Deron Williams started at the "1" in place of Chris Paul and scored 19 points. (Paul scored 3 with 6 assists and 3 steals.) Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to add another 19 points. LeBron James contributed 16 points and 6 rebounds, Russell Westbrook 15 and 9 assists, Kevin Durant 13 and Anthony Davis 11 with 4 blocked shots.

Speaking of Davis, he is proving to be up to the task of impersonating an NBA veteran, to the detriment of Kevin Love's role on the team. Love is coming off the bench and has played solidly, if unspectacularly, scoring 16 points in 3 games. Davis comes off the bench, too. Tyson Chandler is the only true center on the teams and thus is the starter at the position.

The Brits shot 52 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Imagine what the final score would have been had they not been hitting from out there where you don't always have a hand in their face.

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