The 2012 USA Men's National Team has been doing an awful lot of talking and comparing lately. Could they beat The Dream Team? How do they match up? Could Kyrie Irving beat Kobe Bryant?
So on and so fourth.
Seems that maybe they should focus a little less on their 1992 countrymen and a little more on their 2012 competition.
A solid Brazil side, with four current NBA hoopers, led the U.S. at the end of the first quarter. Brazil lost the lead early in the second, but stayed within double digits nearly the entire game.
The U.S. won by a final tally of 80-69. LeBron James single-handedly willed the Americans to victory, finished with a game high 30 points. The next highest scorer was Kevin Durant, who had 11.
Brazil is a very solid team, one of the 4 or 5 best in the Olympics. They have three NBA big guys that worked together to out rebound the U.S. by a wide margin. That being said, the American's offense was atrocious, and Brazil should never be within 20 of the U.S.
If Coach K and co. have a similar effort against Spain, they could be in real trouble.
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