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Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried lead Team USA in final World Cup tune-up

Aug 26, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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Team USA’s starting frontcourt wound up bigger than most expected.

And the Americans didn’t hesitate to show off its advantages Tuesday.

Anthony Davis (18 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and three steals) and Kenneth Faried (14 points and eight rebounds) dominated Slovenia in a 101-71 exhibition win. Though many expected Team USA to use a stretch four next to Davis – and maybe it would have if Kevin Love, Kevin Durant or Paul George remained on the team – the Davis-Faried combo proved to be a real force.

That should continue against Finland on Saturday, when the Americans begin World Cup competition. They went 4-0 in pre-tournament tune-ups.

Team USA also features bigger-than-expected reserves, but DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee didn’t do much off the bench.

Another reserve who struggled Tuesday: Derrick Rose, who missed all three of his shots and had three turnovers to one assists. Rose’s uneven play leaves the door open for Kyrie Irving to remain the starting point guard.

Though the Americans were probably too talented for Slovenia in any case, Goran Dragic shot just 3-for-11, essentially closing any chance for an upset. His brother, Zoran Dragic, led the Slovenians with 16 points.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    2 years off, rusty as Hell, yet Rose gets a spot.

    • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Rusty as hell but has played well. So shut ur mouth.

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        But he hasn’t played well.

      • rehabguy - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        By playing well, you mean he looked good to his fans that were happy to see him running again.

    • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      They are giving him time. This is to be expected – that he is rusty now, but they trust him to at some point to shake it off. The guy has been out like 3 years, you expect him to just come in and tear it up so fast? We are still in exhibition here. They know the talent is there! What is so hard to get?

      And with Thibs on the coaching squad… yes some of this has to do with the Bulls, to get him acclimated with basketball again. Not an unreasonable gesture

      • rehabguy - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        It is unreasonable. This is not the Derick Rose experiment.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        There are other players at basically the same talent level that aren’t broken and don’t need to be given time. What is so hard to get?

  2. innovativethinking87 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Tell me again how Derrick Rose makes it over Damian Lillard? Considering Rose was handed all the minutes he can handle to earn the FIBA spot and the so much “great” things he did this last two years sitting at home??

    Again tell me how he makes it over a player coming off All NBA and All Star status???

    • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      He’s more talented.

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Rose IMO TODAY is overrated. At his current status hes completely overrated. Not that he wasn’t great once or anything im just talking TODAY. The media loves him and the Bulls. Which should be understandable considering he plays for a huge market that the league would love to do well.

      But clearly hes not that good right now so to cut someone like Damian Lillard is crazy. Rose needs to go rehab on his own time not off the sacrifice of Lillard.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        The media loves him and the Bulls? Where did you get that from? I would say that many of the media is just not as overreactive as a lot of people that maybe post here on this site. He clearly has the talent. It was shown in the scrimmage game as well as the game in Chicago. I will say that this is probably a make or break year for him. The media is just giving him this season to see where he is while many of the commenters have already made up their minds. It’s reasonable to give him this season to see where he is but many people that post here are NOT reasonable.

      • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:29 AM

        Hey don’t bust on all the people that post here, chicity. I buy your point well!

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      So he’s better than Lillard? Really it’s justified that a player who hasn’t been any good for the last 2 years makes it over Lillard??

      Rose needs to go rehab on his time. Not off the cut of Lillard who clearly deserves it over him

  3. mackcarrington - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Yeah it’s hard to justify Rose making the squad.
    My take is that they are giving him this gig to get acclimated to playing competitive ball before he gets to training camp. It’s a bone they are throwing to Thibs and Rose. If they felt it would weaken the team significantly they wouldn’t do it. His play hasn’t hurt the team so far. And it’s been written many times that their main concern is the bigs on the Spanish team.

    • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I knew people would jump on that one little line in this article about rose. Haha.

  4. truthplainandsimple - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    His coach is on the staff. That’s how. He’s getting him in shape and ready for the season. You think Rose playing is about a spot? Haha. Thibs used his power play. But, up until today everyone was singing his praises and he has looked good. One bad game isn’t gonna make me say he’s overrated or shouldn’t have been on the team. If you’re really saying such, then you haven’t been watching. Lillard did NOT look all that great, by the way. Kyrie hasn’t either. Therefore, its shouldn’t be that big of a shock that 2 bigs led the team today. Davis has looked like one of the team’s best players and Faried’s energy and activity has translated well. Actually watch the games if you’re going to comment.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM


    • dj3garrett - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Kyrie has looked pretty good. ..

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Give Lillard all the time and minutes Rose got and I bet he’ll look just as great

  5. amlowlife - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I know all the comments are about Rose but props to Faried. It sure is fun to watch hustle…

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