Sunday, August 10th, 2008 at 12:08 pm  |  112 responses

Links: Team USA 101, China 70

The Nats open the Olympics with a dominant win…

by Lang Whitaker

So much for a close shave off the bat. In what was perhaps the most-watched basketball game in history, Team USA struggled early against China — Team USA led by just 3, 29-26, midway through the second — but Team USA’s defensive pressure finally wore down China and carried the US to a 101-70 win.

There’s been a lot of talk about Team USA having to adjust to the international style of play — in the NBA, teams generally play from the outside-in, but internationally teams generally play outside-in. China began by playing outside-in, meaning they posted Yao and then waited for him to get doubled and throw it out to open shooters on the outside. And the Chinese shooters were red-hot early on going 5-7 from three in the first 15 minutes.

But the odds caught up with China. As they tired out — poor Yao was clinging to his shorts by the second quarter — Team USA continued hawking the ball and forcing turnovers. Team USA reeled off a 16-3 run just before the half and went into the third quarter leading 49-37. The US then turned it up in the third, winning the quarter 25-11.

China managed to create a couple of highlight plays in the fourth, but one of the human victory cigars (Tayshaun Prince) was already in and the US was nursing a 25-point lead.

China was led by Yao, who finished with 13 and 10, but he was never really dominant and seemed out of gas early on.

For Team USA, it was a solid, steady performance to open the Games. Dwight Howard kept pounding the ball into Yao, creating contact. LeBron ran out over and over again for easy dunks and had three blocked shots, including one ridiculous two-handed snatch from mid-air.

Even Jason Kidd got into the act, creating two steals early on and setting a tone. In fact, all three of Team USA’s point guards were terrific; Deron Williams had his best defensive game in a while and Chris Paul was all over the court on both ends. (NBC’s Doug Collins said that Chris Paul might be the big surprise for Team USA this summer. So it would be a surprise that the guy who almost won the MVP a few months ago is playing well?) We should also single out Chris Bosh, who finished with 9 points and 8 boards.

As a team, the USA forced 18 turnovers on 14 steals, meaning they were successful at turning China’s mistakes into offensive opportunities.

Yet all was not great. Carmelo Anthony was pretty much non-existent, finishing 0-3 from the floor for 3 points in 14 minutes. Kobe was also disappointing, going 1-7 from behind the arc and forcing a couple of shots outside the offense.

China’s strategy of creating outside jumpers worked, but only for a while.

“We didn’t play our best game but we played well,” LeBron said after the game.

And today, playing well was more than enough.

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  • mike


  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Weeeell, it WAS a nice win, but if the chinese guards had kept up the 3 point shooting (especially their #8) the game would have been much closer. Spain took down Greece by 15 btw, and Linas Kleiza shot down the Gauchos at the buzzer (practically) so the tournament is finally in full swing. Big surprise of the game was how Jason Kidd defended and his passing (no surprise there). He was the catalyst late in the 2nd quarter when the redeemers overran the chinese. D-WADE WAS INCREDIBLE. Two 180 dunks, and lots of nice moves. Lebron and Wade were unguardable. I pity Angola next.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    the NBA, teams generally play from the outside-in, but internationally teams generally play outside-in. China began by playing outside-in

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    probably should change that

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Lebron’s “and one” Alley oop one hander in the second quarter was….. disgusting. Deron trying to stuff on Yao, in traffic, was…. ambitous. Flash doing it all was…oh soooo sweet.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Jukai, the US played inside out in the first few minutes of the game (Dwight had 10 quick ones), then relied on their D to create turnovers and quick points. Three point shooting though was atrocious! at one point early in the game, Team USA was shooting 1 for 12. Yeeesh! Wanna bet Greece is going to pack it into the Zone (Gasol bro’s should be adequate enough to take care of “superman”) and dare the redeemers to make open three’s?

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Oh and i agree, Lang probably should change that line above ;-)

  • Blinguo

    “LEBRONINAMANCE!” – Most watched but blacked out on the West Coast, dagnabbit. NBColympics online feed had no commentary and a click clak refresh keyboard button hit sound every 2 seconds. Some other weird feed had the Doug Collins and the good ol’ NBA on NBC theme song going though and it gets replayed at 10 am here I think on TV. Turnovers/Steals and points off as well as the depth of Team USA took down China. Wade putting up nice breakaway dunks again, good to see he’s back to form. Yi had the nerves until late and SLAM contributor Alan Paul sighting in the halftime montage about China’s hoop scene/jersey sales(again!)/Love of Kobe Bean Bryant.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Team USA’s defense was really impressive, especially in the 2nd. Every little slip-up by China led to a fast break layup/dunk in seconds. Very impressive indeed.

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    BTW, watched Spain last night, and while he didn’t stand out tremendously, you can see the promise in Rubio. He is really slippery with the dribble, and effective creating and finding space with his penetration. He is going to have a lot of problems playing against the USA’s guards, though. Not that that is unexpected or a bad thing.

  • Scott

    Was a decent game for the US…..China’s number 5 really likes to carry the ball, but it took a quarter and a half for it to be called

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    Yeah, Blinguo, the west coast time delay thing is annoying. It won’t come on NBC for another hour…but thank God we get CBC in the Seatttle area, they carried the game live, even if the commentator was suspect.

  • visca´l barca

    If team usa continues to play like this, they´ll never win the gold medal. In the first half ,they only scored with dunks. Against teams like spain , greece and argenitna they will not be able create that many turnovers. Not until way in the third, already having a comfortable lead, did they start to hit their shots. They also profited from the weak chinese point guard who wasn´t able to get the ball to yao and from jianlians awful performance. Spain clearly is the no.1 favorite. They´ll beat the US 82-76

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    Another thing, I like how the US takes chances on defense, but the sure did give China a ton of open looks from outside. They cooled off after the 1st quarter, but a team with better guards may be able to expose their “D”. Also, somebody besides Michael Redd has to be a consistent outside threat. These teams are just gonna start packing it in and daring the Americans to shoot.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    Well….I was sitting there and thought about that game…I mean, if you win by 30, you must have done something right…BUT I wonder where the redeemers lost their range they showed in the preparation games…at least, Michael Redd nailed some 3s…
    So, some room to improve (at the beginning, they didn’t seem very focussed, they had some 3s against them, which will be even more used by really good shooters like Spain and Greece have)…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nice that no one pointed out Wade being perfect from the field and the free throw line.

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    Wade’s role on this team is perfect. The fact that he’s healthy, fearless, and aggressively attacking the tin on the regular has been awesome, and pleasantly surprising.

  • http://nba.com GermanMavsFan

    Goood game loved Yi Jilian’s(sp)put back dunk over Melo, that was sick. Wish china woulda won though, lol.

  • http://myspace.com Bryan

    Nice to finally comment from a sidekick. That was a good game, wade looked awesome …we have to do a better job of pressuring shooters because other teams are going to make us for doubling down low. Like Spain for example. And the size difference may be troubling later against a more experienced team. All in all I like what I see.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Have i mentioned lately that i luv me some Flash? It is soooooo great seeing Wade dominate (no other word for it), and from the bench no less. Go Flash.

  • Brian

    How is it that this game wasn’t dominated by one sided calls given that the US was playing China in China? So much for the, ‘Oh, you can’t blame the NBA refs – they’re only human and naturally react to the crowd’ excuse you hear to justify their incompetence.

  • Sparker

    go croatia

  • Phil Dailey

    Top this ,let’s see if you gotz the wind to keep up, that was what it looked like to me pressure up front let them shoot from out front but push da rock like they did then crush it home & they did , now comes the next test whom ever that is same as be-fore now more intense, nextime round, aint on their strap yet,just show what we have to keep it boutime from “92″.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Earl “E.Sneed” Sneed

    Bron Bron defense is crazy right now! But they need more outside shooting…someone tell Kobe to step in or penetrate because the 3s aren’t fallin’

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Dwyane Wade knows it’s dunks and layups for the win! :-)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Earl “E.Sneed” Sneed

    Eventual teams are going to pack down on the lane though and those shots will have to fall!

  • riggs

    @ phil:


  • http://firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    Kobe helped the team win.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    i cant decide who i hate more on this team, boozer or prince.

  • John

    I think Rip Hamilton would be perfect for this team. He would kill it from 3 and create shots by moving around

  • tinchek

    when your opponents start playing d and keep shooting there’s no way you’re gonna get an easy win. almost every basket usa made was layup or dunk. cmon…

  • tinchek

    go croatia! that’s the way sparker:P

  • Emphasis

    Good win, but Spain easily beat a tough Greek team. Just watch out for the Spanish…

  • Orion

    Kind of hard for Kobe to be dissapointing seeing as he had 5 or 6 dunks in this game guy. The outside wasn’t falling so he just started bashing the rim.

  • Ken H.

    Chairman Yi’s put back on melo’s head was both awesome and hilarious cuz he stank it up to that point. I’m gonna go get my Yi jersey out and rock it all day.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Outside, inside, whatever. It was early.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    eazy yi needs to get consistent

  • Jose

    they didnt mention Flash?! well whatever he only had a perfect shooting game and led with 19 points, y’know no big deal

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    German tv said Yao’s 2,37 meters (would be around 7’9” or something)…oh, and according to them, Deron and Boozer already match Stockton and Malone…not quite sure about both…

  • bendreizehn

    Right now…Spain over the U.S.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    easy win at the end….but i wish they actually played like an NBA team would and not like if it was an all-star game with spurts of defense. Too many alley oop attempts that weren’t there, getting caught in the air with nowhere to go, still lack of shooting, Redd evenhad some trouble but his late buckets when the game was decided made it look decent.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and i know Kobe is suppose to be the stopped on this team, but it seems like he’s always cheating on D, so he has to scramble to cover the open shooter at the 3, who always seems to fake and drive around him as Kobe tries to reach around him to poke the ball out. There’s no reason why a team this athletic should be doubling on D so much. Play the passing lanes, but stop leaving shooters open.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    even though I already bashed German tv-commentary, they actually said one thing that wasn’t so wrong: The redeemers occasionally (!!) played like a show team, going just for highlights (it at least looked like that in the beginning)…well, if it’s successful (and nobody tries to stop them), no one’s to blame for that…

  • Boing Dynasty


  • BDubbz

    Don’t you think its good that we got practically all our points from layups and dunks.. thats the point. Get the closest shot possible

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    I missed this one, had to go to the zoo with my girls parents… I’m a little sour on that. Thanks for the recap Lang!

  • WhaHuh

    Richard Jefferson for Yi was a steal for the bucks

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    China were fairly turrible.

  • sayerazifohnas

    Can’t wait to see what Ricky Rubio can do to US team.

  • Diogo

    ‘Melo got dunked on. Hard.

  • blackjack

    Team USA went for the steal every time down the court. When they didn’t get it they were completely out of position and create a 5 on 4 situation for China. They weren’t punished too badly, but teams like Argentina and Spain will make them pay for being over-aggressive and not staying in front of their men. I like their aggression, but they need to be a lot smarter.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good stuff Lang and thanks for posting, but how did you not mention the Alan “SLAM China Bureau Chief” Paul cameo?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also: Tayshaun Prince might be the first human victory cigar to be skinnier than a cigar.
    Also also: I like Doug Collins during the Olympics, in part because it takes me back to Vince over Weis: “He jumped OVER his head!”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    meh. that was what was expected though. Yao was into it at the end.

  • gii

    Just be thankful you guys weren’t subjected to the English commentary in Hong Kong (by some old Aussie dude). A few high (low) lights : “Bosh goes after the ball like a ferret”, “carmelo is ghetto”, “carmelo looks like iverson”, “they have too many tattoos”, “Melo had a checkered past – was arrested for marijuana, or something like that”, “Chris Wade”… it goes on an on. ridiculous. i ended up having to switch to the Chinese commentary (which I couldn’t really understand).

    Nice win for USA and good showing (in the first half) for China.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Bdubzz, most of the points come from fast breaks. They’re not exactly getting to the rim whenver they want in the halfcourt. Its great that they can run, but against better shooting team there will not be as many long rebounds for them to turn into fast breaks.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    the usa team reminds me of when i play video games. it’s all about dunking, going for steals, playing no d, and shooting 3s.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    also, USA was almost outrebounded, obviously Yao was a big reason why, but USA wasn’t simply undersized, but out of position.

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    i didn’t get the Dwayne Wade omission either..

  • maddskizzle

    easy yi for slamadamonth! we expected the US to do their thang, but yi? over melo? REALLY???

    other than that he was trash but that dunk was disgusting

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Ben, I’m going to let Alan speak for himself.

  • Z

    Let’s not over-analyze this stuff… they won a blowout… nuff said. Although Melo worries me, he’s kind of a weak link on D. Crunch time line up : cp3, flash, kob, lbj, cb4. redd for flash if 3s are needed. dwight has a long way to go in like learning how to play basketball and stuff.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    when they blow out Spain or Argentina, then its enough….right now its like sweeping the east’s #8 seed in the first round, its suppose to happen (obviously Boston didn’t get the memo)

  • Jackie Moon

    From David Friedman’s 20 second timeout blog: Team USA outscored China 73-46 when Bryant was in the game, 65-45 when James was in the game, 52-37 when Wade was in the game, 33-21 when Kidd was in the game and 25-16 when Anthony was in the game.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    HAHAHA! Yeah, seems Art Vendelay and i both saw the game on german Sports channel “Eurosport”. Apart from those gems (Yao being 2.37 Meters?? Jeez), the guys knew their stuff, for a german commentating duo i mean. Öztürk (former German National Center) was sooo distraught that china did not put up more of a fight. And after Kobe MASHED his last dunk in with authority, he complained (!) that hey, give us the flashier stuff. So Flash himself complied with a 180, which made Öztürk soooooo happy. The other guy knew his NBA facts, even using terms like “dunk in traffic”, and when Wade won his championship etc. a pleasant surprise the good job they did. When i switched over to ZDF, the guy complaining about not calling travelling on team USA, and complaining about the “amis” in general. THAT was bad.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Oh and overrated player so far in these last 5 Team USA games? Dwight. No obvious footwork, or apparent jumper/hook shot in his arsenal. He does run the floor well, one of his forays leading his shot to be rejected by china’s skiny guard with the #4 (whoops), but Dwight looks baaaad so far. Not even blocking / altering shots that much. Broken chestbone or not, if this is the future of american centers, it’s not so promising. Oh, and someone text me as soon as they find the so called Fiba-ready Carmelo Anthony. He’s gone missing.

  • Michael

    the US won’t won the gold playing like that. The lack of outside shooting will come back to kill them again. Chris Bosh needs to be on the floor as much as possible.

  • Krishan

    Yeah darksaber, dwight looked like a role player out there. He lacks any discernible post moves, and once he powers himself inside and turns and faces the basket, his only choice is to dunk the ball. And if he can’t, it’s either going to be a turnover or a missed shot, granted he doesn’t get bailed out by a whistle.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    @Darksaber: Öztürk wasn’t that bad, even though it was obvious that he was disappointed by the lack of chinese effort…that other guy (don’t know his name either) also wasn’t that bad BUT it really irritated me that he tried to translate english terms like “fastbreak” into German…not a good idea…but those commentators here somehow feel forced to do that cause unfortunately, basketball is as popular here as soccer is in the US…so they always think they even have to explain why a shot from that line over there counts 3…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    China has no guards.

  • http://pretendingtohaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    oh, concerning Dwight…nice to see he made two free throws in a row…

  • alexrows

    Melo had a realy bad game. not only did he miss all his shots, he also got dunked on by Yi. Also I wasn’t that impressed by Dwight, who looked small at times – he’s 6-11, just like Yi, only a couple inches shorter. He got blocked a couple times, missed some easy looks. He’s supposed to dominate a Yao at 70%…

  • bigdoggchad

    How is Wade back? Sure he looks like his hops are back, but all he has been doing is cherry picking. He has to show me more then just leaking out for OPEN layups and dunks before I say he is back.

  • B. Long

    Easy Yi was inconsistent, but he did smash on Melo’s head on that put back. Maybe that will teach Melo to block out.

  • Blinguo

    Hard to find a boxscore anywhere that was current and or worked, Wade is ballin outta control for that perfect field and FT striping. CTRL + F that Alan Paul and who mentions him 1st? I get a one up on Lang even with a credible answer/excuse why no AlanP but not (AllenP) namedrop? I didn’t mention “China main dude” though, but that’s a given for us SLAMonline folk who know of his columns! So to paraphrase the Bean one, “Alan Paul is talented.” Ben Osborne too. +1 Ben, Push even Lang Lang.

  • Squirrel7

    Gotta agree with Chad, so far a lot of Wade’s buckets have been on easy scores, usually with no defence. Don’t get me wrong, he’s playing well, but I wouldn’t say he is ‘back’, not yet.

  • Squirrel7

    And as someone who really doesn’t have any love for Melo, you have no idea how much I enjoyed that game!

  • luke SM

    i really think tayshaun prince is a terrible pick as the last man on the roster… they would be much more served with another athletic impact player. even JR smith would be a superior selection, or a seven footer? nazr mohamed? plenty of good picks better than him too

  • Squirrel7

    Did I seriously just see someone suggest picking JR Smith or Nazr Mohammed over Prince?! Sure, Tay’s only going to get garbage minutes, but he’s a lock-down defender when needs be. Smith would only really offer scoring, which isn’t exactly in short supply on a roster with Kobe, Bron, Wade & Co.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I quess Wade’s spot on drive and dishes that have given Dwight and Bosh the majority of their baskets and his baseline step backs that seem to be hitting at an 80% clip don’t register, huh?

  • Squirrel7

    Against a highly-questionable China defence? USA spent most of the game trying for the most outrageous alley-oops that they could, and even when those failed they still came down with the ball still in their possession. Like I said, Wade played well, but I hardly think that you can say he is ‘back’ based on that.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm….he’s done that against all six teams he’s played against since the “friendly” games started.

  • Squirrel7

    All 6 blow-outs, you mean?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    What does that have to do with how he’s played singularly?

  • Squirrel7

    Because the quality of your opposition is always going to be a factor in how easy it is for you to get in your ‘flow’. You think Kobe would’ve scored 81 against someone like the Spurs, rather than the Raps? Not a chance. China had no real guards (sure, they could gun 3s, but couldn’t even master basic dribbling skills), so I’d expect Wade, Kobe and even those at the point to rack up plenty of buckets and assists.

  • Squirrel7

    You seem to think I’m in some way hatin’ on Wade, which I’m not. Sure, I’m not his biggest fan, but I just don’t think a handful of ‘exhibition’ games against considerably weaker nations is the basis for proclaiming an NBA player is back to his best, that’s all. If he avoids injury, I’m sure he’ll get back to his best, but I just think a better judgement will be in NBA play, night in and night out.

  • casey

    I didn’t get a chance to catch the game, but I do have to comment on how scary D-Wade is to me now. He looks way too much like Sir Charles. To the point that it’s just a little creepy…ok wait, it’s a lot creepy. Grow back the hair Dwayne.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Squirrel, so basically the best two guard in the East, is supposed to be looked at strangley because of an injury plagued season and now has to prove himself amongst his peers (as he has and has been the best player on the squad)to show he is back in true form? Oh yeah, he’s been doing that.

  • Squirrel7

    Firstly, isn’t it pretty much 2 injury-plagued seasons? Considering he’s played the same amount in both. And by your logic, is Jason Kidd not a very good point guard then, as he has been underwhelming so far? I wouldn’t rule Kidd out of being an important part of anything USA do, as those were only warm-up games, and in the same way I wouldn’t build up Wade based purely on those 6 games.

  • B. Long

    @E: I guess you consider Lebron a 3? Me too.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm……no, Wade’s previous Heat season had some injury defecits but nothing like last year’s, Squirrel. Also, what do you think he’s going to do once he’s back in the lig this season, shy away from stepping up and continue trying to show people with doubtful minds like you that he has put himself in position to be one of the top 5 players in the lig again? He is still the focal point of the Heat’s offense, he has more skilled players that will be playing beside him this season, and as the Olympic trials have shown, and correct me if I’m wrong, but if the USA’s team is playing against weak competition and their blowouts are misleading than the fact that an injury riddled player has been far and away the best player on this squad means that he’s that much better than the rest of the team’s talent? I don’t think that argument flies, so like everyone else, when they play Greece, Argentina and Spain and if he continues to show the same type of dominant form, you will back off the statement that he is not back and turn your attention to the season itself and criticize until November?

  • Squirrel7

    No, if he plays as well as he has been against the bigger nations (like those you mentioned) then I will happily revise my opinion. Being the focal point of the Heat’s offense isn’t really relevant, that’s a team that won 15 games last year, and only mustered 54 points in 1 game! So it kinda shows the quality around him.

    And how is it not 2 injury-plagued seasons if he played the same amount of games in both? Whether it came in big chunks is largely irrelevant. Anyways, I’m out, as work is finished for me. Like I said, I will happily eat my words if he continues his strong play.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Thanks for the debate, Squirrel.

  • Jackie Moon

    Dwyane Wade is quite possibly the best sixth man in history, and that includes Manu Ginobili.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Wasn’t Bird the 6th man on the Dream Team in 92?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    The wade “is back” talk is mostly about his physical state. The basketball plays will come soon if he’s healthy. He looks to be in the best shape ever and some of the plays he’s made show he’s in good form and not hurting.

  • Brian

    I am sure another “injury” will crop for Wade after he misses a game winner also.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Can everyone refrain from calling this squad “The Redeem Team” until they actually redeem themselves? Just a though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Thought, even.

  • andrej

    i was supridsed the way china played in the first half

  • andrej

    i was supridsed the way china played in the first half

  • Brian

    I was hoping to buy some Thundersticks that said Redeem Team on them and maybe a jersey.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I agree with everybody else who said that USA gambles a tad too much on defense. Too much reaching. Except for my main man Deron Williams who was locking down on those Chinese guards. They wanted none of him. And I so wish he had flushed on Yao, that would have made my day.

  • Diogo

    Russ: Then they might be called “The *Redeemed* Team”

  • B. Long

    @Allenp: I jumped out of my chair and almost killed my finacee’s dog when DWill tried to flush on Yao. Crazy. If he would of made that it would’ve been one of those “immortal” highlights.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i still haven’t seen that replay, did Deron get rejected or just missed the dunk?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and did anyone see Yao’s shows for the olympics, very busy, but creative.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    RV, Deron went up high, knee first and tried to force it in one handed, but the sheer weight and height of Yao made him (barely) miss the dunk, he rimmed it out. And Yao was flat on his butt. Clear Offensive foul. Yao woke up after that try, rejected D-Will on a continuation foul something nasty and had the Sh*tface going all game from then on. Nice sequence of events their.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    oh ok, i did watch the game just wasn’t looking closely when it happened, but that’s what it looked like to me. I think he tried the same thing during the season and Yao stuffed it, i guess he was thinking payback.

  • MGS14

    melo’s 3 freethrow helped the team win!


  • chintao

    I was in the house for this one. Every time that Kobe gumped-up, it was pretty quiet, so I started chanting, “Ballhog-Rapist” (clap clap, clap-clap-clap)– props to Godzilla for that one. The people in my section even started clapping along with me. Please tell me SOMEONE heard that….

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Chintao. DAMN son! i hate KB’s guts, but you sure outdid anything i’d try outside my 4 walls. DAMN!