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Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas Reuters

“Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France.

1. Shooting is going to be OK overall, but it’s worth a note. Team USA shot just 44 percent from 2-point range in the first half, and it took a hot second half to get their three-point shooting to 32 percent. The idea is that even without pure shooters like Eric Gordon on the team that someone will get hot each game, but there has to be some concern. If Kevin Durant‘s not on the floor, Team USA struggled on the catch-and-shoot, and that’s going to have to be a big part of Team USA’s gameplan because better teams will stack the paint against them. Russell Westbrook and James Harden are both inconsistent. Team USA could really use Eric Gordon, who was cut for harden, though Harden played well overall.

2. Post defense. France has some better post players than a lot of the competition, but it still should be noted that with Tyson Chandler out, France went right to work down low. That contributed to the big deluge of fouls that befell Team USA, and it’s going to have to be an area of emphasis for Team USA’s forwards. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Kevin Love have to be prepared to play low and defend without fouling, not an easy ask with FIBA officials.

3. The initial adjustment to the blitzkrieg. Team USA hammered France early, getting out in transition and running them out of the gym. But the French adjusted, and started getting back in transition to cut off angles. Team USA has to keep pushing the issue. It wears the opponent out and eventually, that’s when the real break-apart happens. Constant attack has to be the motto because this team just isn’t built for brilliant halfcourt play.

  1. james2111 - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think they will be ok.

  2. matt20hew - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

  3. unit3021mofo - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    stop looking for flaws when this team will destroy the competition

  4. paulhargis53 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    This team is not winning the Gold medal.

    • connaniii - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Well, they haven’t as of yet, but something else wil be finding a team to deny them!

  5. alikab0k - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    paulhargis, whatever it is your smoking, send it over this way so i can take a hit of it. This is far from the best USA team created but its still a USA team. It may noy be pretty but Gold is whats gonna be around their neck once it’s all said and done.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      This is what Heat fans deal with daily. A comfortable win followed by headlines saying all the things they did wrong. Followed by A-Holes like Paul Hargis posting comments about how they’re eventually going to lose.

      And if they do lose a game here or there? Holy Freaking S—storms a coming.

      Fun isn’t it?

  6. shanelsweet - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I’m proud of this team, and I like that the players chose to play by committing their time. Nobody just showed up and played. The one’s that committed the most time seem to be playing the most. That’s why Davis isn’t playing much.

    • 24thesho - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Well, they should be committed to win and play that kid (Davis) more because he looked better that Love or Melo the few times he has played.

  7. minnesotablizzard - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    The timberwolves scored big with the Shved and AK-47 signings

  8. imforbigblue - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Kills me that ppl think with chandler out the US has no other big MFN down low….hello what about Davis? The kid can play D he can block a lot of shots and get easy baskets down low if given the chance. He’s a lot better than most ppl think

  9. wingsfan40 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I didn’t see what was the final score?

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Played a team stocked with NBA players and one potential future hall of famer (albeit not at top form), and embarrassed them. But if you’re expecting the US to shut anyone out, you’re going to be disappointed.

  11. BigBeachBall - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Haven’t been able to watch a single game because NBC’s coverage is a complete tragedy.

    • beagle11 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      There is an NBC Olympic Basketball channel on FiOs… Incredible!

  12. rtfinch - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    If they get a loss in the preliminarys this team will come together and win the gold. If they win throughout i can see them slipping in the knock out stage because of over confidence.

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