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.