Will Team USA’s Flaws be Exposed?
Maybe it’s all true. Maybe this team gets sucked too easily into launching the long ball. Maybe it gambles too much defensively and maybe. Just maybe, it’s too small to make it all the way to the highest step of the Olympic basketball medal stand.
Or maybe none of the above even matters.
The team USA Basketball has brought to these Olympics, for all its flaws and absentees, just reminded everyone that it’s so athletic — so downright flammable — that it doesn’t take much to spark an absolute torching, even when it’s the proud warriors of Argentina on the other side, right there in the Americans’ faces.
“We can’t just turn it on in the third quarter,” Kevin Durant tried to tell us late Monday, after Team USA, thanks mostly to Durant and LeBron James, had done exactly that to produce a 126-97 blitzing after it led by a mere 60-59 at halftime.
Argentina mainstay Luis Scola countered with a helpless shrug and said: “They’ve got a lot of guys to stop.”