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FIBA World Championships Game 3: USA vs. Brazil

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Play in Pool B at the FIBA World Championships gets a little more interesting today when the 2-0 USA team takes on 2-0 Brazil at 2:30PM on ESPN.

Brazil relied on Leandro Barbosa and Tiago Splitter to make things go in their first two games. The familiar flopping hair of Anderson Varejao was not a factor in Brazil's first two games as he rested an injured ankle, but the super-sized Side Show Bob is expected to give it a go today.

In their first two games, the  U.S. team weathered some patches of sloppy play before eventually rolling to victory. If Brazil shows up to play as they have in their first two games, Team USA will need a more consistent to handle Brazil as they should.

After the jump, a few links of interest with stories on the WC action thus far and some reaction to Brandon Rush's suspension.

USA Faces Test Against Banged Up Brazil
Chris Tomasson previews today's game.

Once again, U.S. defense carries the day at Worlds |
John Schuhmann reports on the defensive-minded U.S. team rolling to win number two.

Team USA trying to adjust to FIBA referees, one step at a time
Rob Mahoney focuses on Team USA learning to play through some head-scratching calls by the refs in Istanbul.

Sheridan: Kevin Durant leads Team USA to win over Slovenia in FIBA World Championship. - ESPN

Rush has to go, and he makes Bird and Pacers leaders look like dopes
Bob Kravitz suggests some immediate action in response to Brandon Rush's suspension.

Yes, The Pacers Do Indeed Need To Dump Brandon Rush And His Bong
Brad Wells at SB Nation Indiana agrees with Kravitz on dumping Rush ASAP. If only it were so easy.

The Works: Fear and Loathing in 2011 Free Agency

Report: Bosh getting married
Chris Bosh moves to South Beach and gets engaged? That ought to work out real well.