Reason to Worry for Team USA After Win Over Brazil?
Kevin Durant and co. escaped with a win against Brazil, but nobody felt too good about their chances going forward in the World Championships. NBA.com takes a closer look: “At the Abdi Ipekci Arena on Monday, Brazil confirmed the thought that it would be the U.S. National Team’s toughest competition in pool play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The U.S. confirmed as well that the road to gold would not be an easy one, despite their exhibition play success. Flaws were exposed. Lessons were learned. Character was tested. And when Leandro Barbosa’s spinning attempt under the basket bounced off the rim at the buzzer, the U.S. had escaped with a 70-68 victory. With pool play games against Iran and Tunisia left, the Americans have essentially wrapped up the top spot in Group B and a top seed in the 16-team, single-elimination tournament that begins Saturday. But, they’ve got some work to do before they face a win-or-go-home situation against a strong team.”