USA Basketball Rolls Spain in Final Olympic Tuneup
In their final warm up game before the 2012 Olympics, the United States men’s basketball team defeated a potential gold medal game opponent, beating Spain 100-78.
Leading the way for the United States were Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, who scored 27 and 25 points, respectively. Both shot 10-15 from the field. Kevin Durant was the only other double figure scorer for the Americans with 13.
The Americans did a good job of addressing a huge concern from the Brazil game, outrebounding the Spaniards 37-26. The biggest reason for this was Kevin Love. Love racked up 10 rebounds, twice as many as any Spain player could produce, in just 13 minutes of action. Defending the post, however, was a different story.
Spain’s two biggest threats, thanks to the loss of point guard Ricky Rubio to injury, are undoubtedly center Pau Gasol and power forward Serge Ibaka. The two shot a combined 14-19 from the field and had a combined 35 points. I hate to be the guy to nitpick about a 22 point win, but if the US allows those two to go off, and Spain gets hot from three point range (they were 5-19 today), a gold medal is far from a lock.