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Team USA Beats Angola, Starts Preparing For Russia In Quarterfinals

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As expected, Team USA had no trouble with Angola in their first game of the elimination round at the FIBA World Championships. Although, the 121-66 drubbing was more excessive than expected.

Chauncey Billups set the tone early for the U.S. team and finished with a game-high 19 points. Eric Gordon came off the bench with another strong offensive showing, knocking down 5 of 6 3-pointers to finish with 17 points. Danny Granger got his share of minutes as well, but couldn't get his shots to fall missing all for of his 3-ball attempts to finish with 5 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound.

Team USA moves onto a quarterfinal matchup with 5-1 Russia on Thursday. A couple of intriguing games on the U.S. side of the bracket today will have Lithuania taking on China and Argentina against Brazil. The winner of those games will play in the quarterfinal opposite the U.S. and Russia.

Here are the updated FIBA World Chamiponship brackets.

After the jump, more links of interest from the WCs, an interview with T.J. Ford and a Portland slant on the Rudy Ferenandez trade rumors.