Team USA destroyed the Dominican Republic a few nights ago in a friendly contest, now, on Monday it will be time to see how they do against better opponents like Brazil. USA vs Brazil will play at the Verizon Center in Washington DC, this Monday at 8 PM ET.
The win against the Dominican Republic was easy and comfortable with Kevin Durant scoring 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“Man,” Durant said as he laughed. “It’s closer. The NBA 3 — once you get up to that line, it’s far. Playing FIBA, it’s close. Hopefully, I’ll make some more over there [in London].”
Andree Iguodala had a different game and a different task that help the team a lot: defense.
“It’s something Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] talked about in one of the meetings,” Iguodala said. “He wanted guys to have two different types of egos. One ego is going out there and representing your country. Then have the ego of your role. My role is defense.”
“We’re going to try to play pressure defense,” Coach Krzyzewski said. “If we fall back, we’re just giving people rest and the ability to come down and use more seconds to attack us.”
Team USA is better than any other team offensively, but getting the Gold medal in London will come on how good they can defense, and how committed to the ugly task the stars can be.