Black Sports : TEAM USA and it's young look

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    As Team USA get under way and it's youthful look with K.Darant leading way
    how well will they fair and can they win it all is remain to be seen !

    The coming out the gate looking really good and seem to have a better squad
    one of the core in a long time........


    OPENING STATEMENT

    There was plenty for the USA to cheer about on Saturday in Turkey. Behind Eric Gordon's 16 points and 14 more from Kevin Durant, the USA Men's World Championship Team cruised by Croatia 106-78 in its Group B opener at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    All it took was a dominating 26-6 second quarter performance by the U.S. to end the suspense in its debut at the 2010 World Championship preliminary round opener against Croatia (0-1). With every member of the USA team scoring, the Americans started their quest for the World title with an impressive 106-78 victory Saturday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers) paced the USA offense, which was the only team to break through the century scoring mark in the World Championship’s first day of action, with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) contributed 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds; Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) finished with 12 points and four assists; while Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored 10 points each. Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) led the USA on the glass, recording a game best 10 rebounds while adding seven points.
     
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    In Group B’s other action Saturday, Slovenia (1-0) upended Tunisia (0-1) 80-56 and Brazil (1-0) pounded Iran (0-1) 81-65.

    In Group A play, Argentina (1-0) fended off Germany (0-1) 78-74, Australia (1-0) rallied in the final minute to hand Jordan (0-1) a 76-75 loss, and Serbia (1-0) easily handled Angola (0-1) 94-44.

    In Group C, Greece (1-0) defeated China (0-1) 89-83, Russia (1-0) knocked off Puerto Rico (0-1) 75-66, and host Turkey (1-0) rolled over Ivory Coast (0-1) 86-47.

    Group D results saw Lithuania (1-0) beat New Zealand (0-1) 92- 79, Lebanon (1-0) surprised Canada (0-1) 81-71, while France (1-0) pulled off the upset of the night by defeating defending World Champion Spain 72-66.
     
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    Durant Leads USA Past Slovenia 99-77


    22 points from Kevin Durant led the USA past Slovenia 99-77 on Sunday in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Rudy Gay added 16, Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala tallied 11 apiece and Kevin Love rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and 11 rebounds


    up next for TEAM USA ...........Aug: 30: USA (2-0) vs. Brazil (2-0)
     
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    Learning experience for Team USA


    U.S. Survives Brazil, 70-68

    Kevin Durant's 27 points help U.S. squeak past Leandro Barbosa, Brazil

    Wouldn't have mattered if they had lost.
    Wouldn't have mattered if Leandro Barbosa's last-second shot went in and forced overtime.
    Doesn't really matter much that they won.
    What matters is what Team USA learned about itself in Monday night's thrilling 70-68 victory over Brazil.
    And the lesson the players took back to their hotel was that even the tough ones can still go their way.
    Clearly, they still have plenty to learn. And the good thing for Team USA is it has a full week to work on what needs to be worked on before it plays another team anywhere near the caliber of Brazil.
    "This game right here was an eye-opener, where we know that teams are really coming here to try to win this tournament, and we're here to do the same," said Derrick Rose, who was a big part of the problem for an American team that was nearly undone by its own mistakes, the most egregious of which was trying to play too fast in transition when the circumstances called for it to slow things down, relax and show a little poise.
    The two teams combined to score only 49 points in the second half, and both scored just nine points in the final quarter.
    The end of the game was riveting, with Brazilian captain Marcelo Huertas going to the foul line with 3.5 seconds left with a chance to tie the game by making two free throws. But he missed the first, then intentionally missed the second by throwing it hard off the left front of the rim. Huertas mmediately ran to the spot where he expected the ball to carom, which was exactly where it did.
    After grabbing the offensive rebound, Huertas fed Leandro Barbosa under the basket. But tightly defended by Kevin Love, Barbosa put a little too much spin on his shot from almost right under the basket, and it spun off the rim at the buzzer to give the Americans a victory that all but assures they will finish atop Group B. (Their remaining pool play games are against Iran and Tunisia on Wednesday and Thursday.)

    The difference, however, was that this game was still a preliminary round game. And the truth of the matter is that the real pressure games won't come until next week, when the single-elimination knockout round of 16 begins.

    For now, it was another night to learn. And Team USA now realizes, even more than it did before, that this thing will be won with character as much as anything else.
    "This is a game we needed," Durant said.

    They move on to a 3-0 start
     
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    TEAM.............USA knocked off IRAN
    to grab the top #1 spot and will face the lowly seed in group (A)
     
    The United States won it easily, earning a top seed in the knockout round of the world championship with an 88-51 victory Wednesday in the first meeting between the countries with a history of contentious relations.
    The U.S. team, which downplayed the political aspect of the game, methodically pulled away in the first half, wearing down the Asian champions with its depth and athleticism.
    "We just respected their basketball team and we just played a basketball game," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "There's no political aspect in my mind in the ballgame."
    Kevin Love scored 13 points and Kevin Durant 12 for the Americans (4-0), who will meet the fourth-place team from Group A in the round of 16.
    After playing his starters for most of the second half of a 70-68 victory over Brazil on Monday, Krzyzewski went to the bench early in this one, with the Americans shooting 58 percent and scoring 23 points off turnovers in the easy victory.
    Hamed Haddadi scored 19 points for Iran (1-3) and Arsalan Kazemi had 14.
    "I'm very happy, I played against the best team in the world," Kamrany said.
    The tensions between the nations' governments provided the backdrop off the court, with a group of fans sitting near midcourt before the game holding U.S. and Iran flags and a sign reading "PEACE" in between.
    The only sparring on the floor was a playful bump between Haddadi and U.S. forward Rudy Gay, teammates with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
    "We should leave politics to the politicians," U.S. center Tyson Chandler said. "We're here to play basketball."
    The countries have feuded for decades and their relations have deteriorated in recent years, with the United States supporting sanctions against Iran for continuing with programs it believes could be used to create nuclear weapons.
    The U.S. team tried to keep the focus on the floor, with Krzyzewski saying he had played in Iran in the 1970s with an Armed Forces team and had great respect for the country.
     
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    So Far, So Good

    The USA Men's World Championship Team is still perfect in Turkey.
    Eric Gordon's 21 points helped the USA breeze by Tunisia, 92-57,
    on Thursday in Istanbul and finish pool play 5-0. Now, it's on to the
    knockout round.
     
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    Knockout Shots


    It's win-or-go-home time in Turkey, and the USA Men's World Championship Team made 18 3-pointers to extend its stay 6 - 0 in Istanbul. With a 121-66 victory over Angola in the eight-finals of the FIBA World Championship on Monday, the USA advanced to play Russia 5 - 1 in Thursday's quarterfinals


    Like a one-sided championship boxing match, the USA (6-0) delivered a series of punches to quickly knockout African Zone champ Angola (2-4) Monday night and earn a 121-66 victory to advance to the 2010 FIBA World Championship medal round quarterfinals. The USA was led to the win by Chauncey Billups’ (Denver Nuggets) 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point, and by 17 points from Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) and Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers). With the win, the USA’s sixth of the championship, the Americans receive two days off before returning to face Russia on Sept. 9 in a medal quarterfinals contest. Russia advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating New Zealand 78-56 in Monday’s nightcap. The USA’s last meeting against Russia in World Championship play came in 2002 when the U.S. battled to a convincing 106-82 win.
     
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    Russia 79....................UnitedStates89


     

     
    Durant scores 33 points as U.S. draws closer to FIBA gold

    Chauncey Billups made the promise. Kevin Durant made sure it was kept.
    And by beating Russia on Thursday, the Americans brought a little joy to one of the players who will never forget what happened against the Soviets exactly 38 years earlier.
    Durant scored 33 points to lead the United States to an 89-79 victory that moved it within two wins of its first world basketball championship since 1994.
    The victory came on the anniversary of the Soviet Union's win over the Americans for the 1972 Olympic gold medal, a game with an ending so controversial the U.S. players refused to accept their silver medals.
    No player on the young American team is old enough to remember that game -- many are barely old enough to remember the Cold War. But Mike Bantom, the NBA's senior vice president of player development, played on that U.S. team and is in Turkey with the Americans.
    "I told him today, 'I know nothing's going to bring that back, man, but at least we'll try to make you at least smile today,'" Billups said. "And he was like, 'Yeah, that'd be nice.'"
    Durant ensured there would be no worries at the finish of this one, shooting 11-of-19 while just missing Carmelo Anthony's world championship team record of 35 points, set in 2006.
    "We're going to go to him," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I've learned in coaching you should get your best player the ball."
    The U.S. will play Saturday against Lithuania, which beat Argentina 104-85. Host Turkey and Serbia will play in the other semifinal.
    The U.S. and Russia have met many times since 1972, including a U.S. victory 16 years ago in Toronto that gave the Americans their last world championship. And there isn't much of a rivalry anymore between the nations -- the NBA even opened an office in Moscow on Thursday.
    But the memory hasn't faded of the clash in Munich, where the Soviets were given a third chance after the Americans stopped them twice in the final three seconds, and they eventually scored on the second do-over for a 51-50 victory -- the Americans' first Olympic loss after 63 victories.
    David Blatt, Russia's American-born coach, reopened some scars that will never heal for members of that U.S. team this week when he said he'd watched a film about the game and believed the outcome was fair.
    Durant scored 33 points to lead the United States Billups scored 15 points and Westbrook finished with 12, including seven in a row for the Americans
     
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    Whats up brutha $$Rich$$..

    They don't want another repeat of 2002. We all felt that,this is our game and we get beat like that?

    Peace!
     
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    So true but this young talented Team , I can't see nobody pulling off an upset with Durant on the court !

    Kevin Durant surpasses Carmelo Anthony's scoring mark, fuels semifinal win
    Kevin Durant carried the United States into the gold-medal game at the FIBA World Championship, scoring a U.S.-record 38 points Saturday in an 89-74 victory over Lithuania.
    With a special 9/11 message on his sneakers, Durant soared over defenders or stepped away from them for 3-pointers, scoring 17 in the first quarter to stake the Americans to an early lead that was never seriously challenged.
    He went on to surpass Carmelo Anthony's single-game record of 35 points and raise his average in the tournament to 22.1, which would be the best ever by a U.S. player.
    More importantly, he guaranteed the Americans a chance at their first world title since 1994. They will play Turkey or Serbia on Sunday.
    There was some doubt this U.S. team was the one that could end the drought after all the superstars from the 2008 Olympic gold medalists declined to play this summer. But Durant kept saying yes, and he's on the verge of going down as the most accomplished U.S. player ever in this event.
    Lamar Odom added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala led the defensive effort that took Lithuania star Linas Kleiza right out of the game.
    Durant posted a message on his Twitter page Saturday that read: "May God bless those who were effected by the events on Sept 11, 2001....9-11-01 on my shoes tonight..you guys will watch over us.."
    Then he went out and dominated the first quarter, shooting at the basket in front of section 324, which was completely awash in Lithuania green and had fans banging drums and waving flags.
    The teams met last month in an exhibition game in Madrid, and the U.S. shot just 3 of 21 in the first quarter before rallying for a 77-61 victory. There would be no slow start this time.
    Lithuania led by two midway through the first quarter before Durant seized the game, showing off his entire repertoire. First there was a dunk, followed by a three-point play and two free throws. Iguodala briefly interrupted the Durant show with a dunk, then Durant scored on a follow shot and made a 3-pointer.
    In just 3½ minutes, he had taken the U.S. from down two to up 10, and Lithuania never really recovered.
    The Lithuanians hit their first eight 3-pointers in their quarterfinal victory over Argentina, but the outside shot wasn't falling Saturday. They hit only three of 12 in the first half, yet still were down only eight with 3 minutes left before Thunder struck -- the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    Durant and NBA teammate Russell Westbrook combined for nine straight points, extending the lead to 42-25. The U.S. took a 15-point advantage into the half.
    The Americans extended the lead to 19 in the third quarter, and though Lithuania kept making little runs, could never get within single digits. Durant finished 14 of 25 from the field, adding nine rebounds in 38 minutes before taking a seat with 44 seconds remaining.
     
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