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IC Cold Links: Team USA Beats Russia, Faces Lithuania In Semis; Granger Sits

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Team USA advanced to the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship by beating a physical Russian team yesterday, 89-79.

Kevin Durant carried the offensive load with 33 points but defense was the foundation for this win. A third quarter burst of pressure led by Russell Westbrook put the U.S. team in control with a double-digit lead they would coax home for the win.

Danny Granger was the only Team USA player to sit out the whole game although Mike Krzyzewski primarily played seven players. Eric Gordon is among those seven and tallied six points. Talent depth more than defense appear to be limiting Granger's playing time which is what Bruno reports after asking those who have been following the team closely in Istanbul.

The U.S. takes on Lithuania in the semifinals on Saturday at noon on ESPN Classic along with ESPN3 online.

After the jump, more links of interest on the WC along with an update on Mark Boyle. Boyle is still walking? Yes! While you've been getting back in the swing of school, prepping for fantasy football drafts and chilling through a multitude of perfected methods, Boyle has been walking. And he's still walking, passing the 350 mile mark yesterday. Check out his progress and donate to the Children's Wish Fund.