Team USA came out the gates strong, but looked quite shaky in the second quarter allowing Argentina to cut what was a 21 point lead to 9 at the half (49-40). Manu Ginobili went down mid 2nd quarter with what looked to be a sprained ankle and Argentina just wasn’t quite the same.
USA came out determined in the second half and went on a quick run and blew the game wide open and never looked back. Team USA was led by Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James who ended the game with 21 and 15 respectively.
Argentina was led by Luis Scola who stepped up big in Manu’s absence and really played a solid game ending with 28 points and 11 boards. I definitely wouldn’t mind if the Sixers could somehow get this guy.
The Redeem Team will face the Spaniards and Pau Gasol in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday.
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.
In my opinion Kevin Durant has nothing on Michael Beasley. This kid is flat out phenomenal. With his 44 points and 13 rebounds last week against Baylor he eclipsed Carmelo Anthony’s NCAA freshmen record number of double-doubles (was 22 – Beasley has 24 with 3 games left). He followed that up with a 30 point and 15 rebound performance in a 74-65 loss against one of his toughest Big 12 opponents, Texas on Monday night.
How great would it have been if Durant had stayed and we could have seen that matchup? One for the ages, thats for sure. Durant would have to matchup against Beast-ley or K State’s other stud, Bill Walker. I can picture Beast-ley dominating Durant all evening on the glass and in the paint. The only hope Durant would have would be his little turn around fade from about 15 and knocking down some 3 balls. Beast-ley and Walker would be way to much to handle inside, as they both hold probably 50 pounds over Durant’s skinny ass.
If the Sixers could somehow, someway get this kid, OH how the landscape in the Eastern Conference would change. Imagine a starting five of : Sam-U-el, Beast-ley, Thad, Iggy, and Andre. That would be one exciting, high-flying squad to watch night in and night out. They would instantly become contenders in the weak East and have to be the outright favorites to win the woeful Atlantic division.
Kansas State will face sixth ranked Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday (3/1/08). This will most likely be his toughest opponent with the likes of Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, and Sasha Kaun all getting a chance to guard him. If Beast-ley can pull out a double-double against this team and finish with 25 double-doubles for the season (30 games), he should seriously consider an official name change. Because un-officially I am calling him Michael Beast-ley from now on.