Argentina Low Blow Fires Up Team USA
As Carmelo Anthony crumpled on the floor with his hands cupping his groin, mayhem unfolded on the United States’ sideline. Tyson Chandler and Deron Williams screamed at Argentina players and threatened to meet them at midcourt. Mike Krzyzewski bellowed into an official’s face. All around the Americans’ bench, there were fingers wagging toward Argentina, threats hanging heavy in the air. Finally, Anthony staggered to his feet and screamed to Facundo Campazzo for jabbing him between the legs and running away.
“Campuzzo got hit in the [groin], too” Argentina’s Luis Scola said. “That stuff happens.”
The United States had turned a tight game into a blowout, and restraint no longer resonated within the Argentina guard’s mind when Anthony unleashed one more 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Searching for retribution, Campazzo found Anthony an easy target on the release of his statuesque jump shot.
“Because before, Chris Paul punched me,” Campazzo said.