Team USA finished up pool play 5-0 after cruising past Tunisia 92-57on Thursday at the FIBA World Championships.
Eric Gordon continued his stellar play in the international competition with an efficient 21 points on 7-10 field goals off the bench, to lead all scorers. Danny Granger played 16 minutes off the bench but couldn't find his shooting stroke, finishing with 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Team USA has a few days off before getting back to work on Labor Day for their first game in the elimination round against Angola. Struggling heavyweights Spain and Greece did not end up on Team USA's side of the bracket and will end up facing each other in the first round. But regardless of the opponent, the U.S. squad controls their destiny. Defense is their calling card and despite the flawed roster which has been analyzed to death, they remain the favorite to win it all. Should be some fun games to watch next week.
After the jump a few links of interest with stories from Turkey and Pacers Crate hitting the road.
- Bruno hits the road with Mark Boyle for a mobile episode of Pacers Crate.
- FIBA.com - 2010 FIBA World Championship Brackets
Team USA: Gordon leads Tunisia rout
AP report by Brian Mahoney.
Notes from USA 92, TUN 57 " NBA.com
John Schuhmann offers his notes from the final game of pool play for Team USA.
Sheridan: Eric Gordon impresses in final pool game - ESPN
Chris Sheridan wonders if EJ's continued great might move him into the starting lineup.
Lack of defense costing Granger minutes in Turkey
Mike Wells opines on Danny Granger's defense keeping him off the floor in Turkey.
Team USA Notebook: Possible Quarterfinal Against Spain Avoided
Chris Tomasson shares his observations from the WCs.
Mikhail Torrance Continues Improvement, Likely to Be Discharged Soon
Promising news on the health of Mikhail Torrance.