Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn’t too happy about being forced to play without All-Star Kevin Garnett against the New York Knicks.
Garnett was suspended for one game for hitting Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut in the face near the end of Saturday’s game. Rivers said Garnett was hit in the face twice from the side and he flailed out an arm as a reflex.
The suspension didnt matter much as the Celtics went on to beat the Knicks anyway on Tuesday night.
From the early going you could tell Team USA was trying to send a message to the Aussies. On their first three possessions they went right into the post to Dwight Howard and let him go right at Australia’s best play, Andrew Bogut. To which Bogut and Australia had no answer.
Bogut picked up two quick fouls and became quite frustrated. On the next play down he screened Kobe hard which was soon followed by a nice quick jab from Melo to the Aussies grill piece. Bogut wasn’t the same after, only shooting 2 of 5 from the field for 4 points and 2 boards.
Team USA was led by none other then NBA MVP Kobe Bryant. Bryant dropped 25 points 10 of 16 from the field (4-7 from 3). LeBron and Carmelo added 16 and 15 respectively to add to the Aussie destruction.
Up next for Team USA is the winner of Argentina vs Greece (10:15 AM ET). Time to go watch Manu and see who will get destroyed by the Redeem Team next.
My Thoughts: GAME. SET. MATCH, world. You could take the best players on everyone’s Olympic team and put them together and you still wouldn’t beat us.
Germany which figured to be one of the tougher challenges for Team USA, proved the complete opposite, falling 106-57 on Monday Morning (ET time or whatever). The Germans who have two NBA-ers in Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman were thought to be able to be a test for Team USA in their last game of pool play. Dirk was nothing of the sort, only going 4-10 from the field and ending with a dismal 14 points.
Team USA was led by C Dwight Howard’s 22 points and 9 boards and also LeBron James aka the King’s 18 points on 7-10 shooting from the field.
Up next for the Americans is the Aussie squad. Team USA (5-0) will move on to a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday against Australia, the team that’s provided them with their toughest test in China (87-76 win in an Exhibition). Australia’s team is highlighted by NBA center Andrew Bogut who was out of Australia’s last game against Team USA while resting a sore ankle for pool play.
Personally I dont see any team giving the Americans a true challenge. I think the buzz surrounding the next game against what reporters are calling a formidable opponent in Australia is all hear say. USA will wipe the floor with these Aussies and make it a perfect 6-0 en route to the gold. Just listen to Chris Kaman:
Nobody is going to beat them. No way, it’s just not going to happen.