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HOW SWEET IT IS, BEIJING 08, USA AVENGES LOSS TO GREECE

In HOT BUTTON TOPIC, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, NBA, SPORTS on August 16, 2008 at UTC.17.31.

At the end of the first quarter the score was USA 20, Greece 16. Nevertherless, the score was 52-31 favoring the U.S. team at the halfway point. It was clear to all doubters and detractors this wasn’t the 2006 Team USA from the World Championship in Japan, nor the Athens Olympic team from 2004. This was the REDEEM TEAM 2008 BEIJIING!  

They moved the ball around on offense and ran some offensive sets, though they still struggled from the 3 point line this was the biggest win for them to date. Effectively erasing the disappointing loss that hastened the entire way the U.S. selection committee chooses its teams. This was a statement game with the biggest risk, a U.S. loss, on the line. They overcame!

“We played like we wanted to win. We played together,” U.S. guard Dwyane Wade said. “We were very aware of their offensive sets, we were very aware of their personnel and we played like that. So we were kind of a step in front of what they wanted to do because we kind of knew everything already.”

Wade had 17 points, James 13 points, and Bosh & Bryant each had 18 points. The USA team broke open what appeared to be a close in hte beginning with a suffocating defense. They were playing the passing lanes deflecting & stealing passes. They were clogging the lane and blocking shots at the rim.

“Any time you get beat it’s embarrassing and that’s enough,” Bosh said. “And we can really use that as a tool to help us with our defense now, and that’s the name of the game. Because if you play good defense, no matter how you’re shooting the ball you’re going to be in the game.”

Indeed, Kobe continued his theme of guarding the top perimeter player Vasileios Spanoulis, the top Greek scorer.

“I don’t think the pick-and-roll tonight was as big a problem as it was in ’06,” Carmelo Anthony said.

The game was so intense during one defensive series, Dwight Howard blocked away a shot right into Jason Kidd’s head, then again, James & Bosh each had rejections in the third-quarter.

 United States of America 92, Greece 69. Revenge is best served COLD AS ICE…

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  1. Yep, the “redeem team” got its revenge… Impressive victory, to say the least. That being said, I think Greece was weaker than 2 years ago.

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