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USA Basketball Scare Vs Australia

USA Basketball Scare

Road to the gold medal after USA Basketball Scare is not as sure as it was assumed.  We are hoping you are enjoying the Olympic Games as much as we are at APEX Basketball Betting.  Today, we review the game on August 10th against Australia.  USA trailed at half and it was a nip and tuck affair for most of the rest of the game.  So let us examine the 98-88 win over Australia.

USA Basketball Scare

Five serviceable pros from Australia went toe to toe with the United States.  So of it had to be a let down as the USA was running roughshod over everyone else.  The positive was the leadership role that Anthony is embracing on the team.  He passed LeBron as the all time USA scoring leader in the Summer Games.  Melo was about the only player that showed up to play in the 4th.  Lots of dunking ability but their offensive sets were stale for most of the game.

Patty Mills

Australias two stars were Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut.  They terrorized the interior against everyone except for Cousins of the USA.  Team defense was stellar in holding the US squad under 40 percent.  Problem they had was defending Kyrie Irving in the fourth.  Out of all the players, the former Duke player is going to be the toughest matchup for the international teams.

Part of this was lack of focus.  Coach K realizes that his job is to mesh personalities.  Getting this team to play offensive sets is going to be a weakness compared to the rest of the opposition.  They are going to have to run, shoot threes, and play in the open court for their optimal result.  If they find themselves bogged down, interior defense outside of Cousins is really going to hurt them in half court sets.  Its not time to panic yet but seeds of doubt for the gold medal have been planted.  Good fortune in your basketball betting and we will see you next time here at APEX Basketball Betting.