September 9, 2010 by Post Team
Eagle Roadster, Entering the World Basketball Championship the most important question for U.S. team was how they were going to face teams that have solid inside play? The biggest weakness of the U.S. team is within their front line after New York Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets and David Lee of the Golden State Warriors withdrew from the event due to injury and disease the case of Lopez. In the absence of U.S. has depended on the Lakers sixth man Lamar Odom, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler. Whether or not to bring home the gold could come down to how well you play the three, because the road is full of great men of quality.
Russia, U.S. play tomorrow for a place in the semifinals, Timofey Mozgov features, recently signed New York Knicks, and former Kansas Sasha Kaun product. The two have been playing very well so far and are a key part of the Russian attack.
“Their average height is 6’8, which will be the biggest team we’ve played against the central place has been an incredibly productive position,” Coach K acknowledged in an interview with ESPN. “Kaun and Mozgov, who have combined for 24 points and 10 rebounds per game, you want from any central location. And then there’s the fact that they play a real physical brand of basketball. We must be prepared for them.
“I think the team is really on the defensive, if you need me to force down low,” said Chandler. “Most European teams we’ve played so far have had the big boys that float around the perimeter, but this is more of a traditional outfit with big guys who beat, set picks, shoot the basket, rebound and do the job dirty down low. ”
If the U.S. Mozgov can happen, Kaun and Russia will face the winner of Argentina and Lithuania. Lithuania and the U.S. played very hard during a friendly match just before the start of the World Championships and have the confidence that they can go back to them a run for its money. Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza have been playing a very high level, but no individual player has been better than Luis Scola of Argentina. Scola has always taken the trouble U.S. in the past and will be even harder to stop now that he is the team-to guy.
His most formidable challenge could come in the game for the gold medal, if they get that far, against Turkey. Turkey won a semifinal match against Serbia today, making easy work of Slovenia. Features frontline Hedo Turkoglu of the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls center Omer Asik, Boston Celtics great man Semih Erden and Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasovic has been the best in the tournament so far. They have gone from being a team with little expectations the team more capable of altering U.S. Playing in front of his audience has made even more difficult to contain, but Turkey can not get caught looking ahead to Serbia has shown they are capable of pulling off upset.
A champion will be crowned on Sunday and the U.S. is the favorite, but each team can still attack them alive inside and pull off the upset. The next four days will give the answer to your biggest question and determine whether they can do what no U.S. team has done since 1994.
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