Team USA got off to a slow start as has been the case during this tournament, but opened things up with 20-0 run. Argentina wasn’t able to rebound from that spurt, allowing the Americans to get one of those lopsided wins they’re more accustomed to. Kevin Durant had a great game, finishing with 27 points and going 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Team USA beat Argentina 105-78 and look to play Spain Friday in the semifinals.
Team USA blew Argentina out by 27 points which is a far cry from their last two games in which the margin was of victory was three points. The Americans had recently been tested by Serbia and France, but finally looked like the team everyone was expecting to see. This was a good win for them and hopefully they can carry this momentum with them into Friday’s game. Although, a slow start may not be the best against Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, and Spain.
Points in paint: Team USA didn’t have their best shooting game beyond the arc, they made up for that with 50 of their points coming from within the paint.
Bench play: The Americans used their depth to wear Argentina down. Their bench stepped up in a major way and helped them go on the 20-0 run, outscoring Argentina’s bench 54-16.
Ball movement: The ball movement looked better this game, if they just move the ball more players will get quality looks or easy cuts to the basket. They won’t have to force up shots or rely on their talent but more so play as one whole team. In this regard, it was a huge step in the right direction.
Defense: After going down by 10, Coach K made some substitutions and the Americans defense kicked in. Getting stops fueled their offense, leading to fast break points.
Closing the game: Unlike Team USA’s last two games, they were able to hold on and extend the lead they had over Argentina.