No Lebron James? No Steph Curry? No Chris Paul? No Kevin Love? No Blake Griffin? No Kobe? No problem for team USA. What they do have is Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, and a bunch more NBA All Star caliber players. They easily outclassed China in their opener, controlling the game from the opening tipoff.
Durant led the US team with 25 points, Cousins added 17 and Paul George scored 15 for the Americans. Their defense forced China into 24 turnovers while allowing only 20 field goals for the entire game. The Americans sped out to a 30-10 lead after the end of the first quarter, squashing any hop that the Chinese had to make this game competitive.
leading China was former NBA player Yi Jianlian with 25 points, but he was the only player in double figures. The US team looks to be every bit the dominating team that past US teams have been since they began allowing the NBA players on the team.
Spain, the two time defending silver medalists, and the team thought to be the only one who can give the Americans any competition in these games, tips off on Sunday Night against Croatia. Team USA will play again on Monday against Venezuela. Serbia beat Venezuela handily in their first game in Brazil 86-62. Look for the Americans to have another easy win on Monday in this one.
One has to wonder how they can keep their focus with all of these cake walks leading up to the medal round. Allowing the NBA players into the Olympics was supposed to raise the level of play and elevate the rest of the world but after 24 years, that has still not happened. Team USA is still way above the rest of the world, except for Spain.