Background: East L.A. Sports Scene.Com will keep our avid basketball fans up to date with our recaps and coverage of Team USA & USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup Tournament. This tournament was re-formatted to become the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. The (24) countries that will compete for the 2014 FIBA World title, began “Pool or Round-Robin” play in several Spanish cities on August 30th. USA Basketball, the national governing body of basketball for our country, once again has assembled (12) outstanding NBA players, both young and veteran, from our Men’s National Team roster. They are charged with defending our World Championship title, claimed in Istanbul, Turkey, four years ago. To follow all of the 2.5 weeks of International hoops action, go to www.fiba.com. To follow Team USA on-line go to www.usab.com
Recap/Game Day 3/
Team USA wasted no time in getting after the “Kiwis” from New Zealand. Picking up where they both left off from yesterday’s big win, Team USA’s “Dynamic Duo,” and new international “Trapeze Act,” of Kenneth Faried & Anthony Davis, propelled Coach K’s starting five to a comfortable lead of 22 points by half, (57-35). It was cruise control in the 2nd half as all players scored. With the team’s 3rd consecutive win, they remain atop & undefeated in Group “C” pool play. A composite breakdown of the game reflects dominance in these Team USA numbers: Rebounds 48/Assists 21/Steals 14/Blkd Shots 4/FG % 51.5. The final score read USA 98 New Zealand 71. Leading Team USA scorers today were: Davis, (21), Faried, (15), J. Harden (13), S. Curry (12), K. Thompson (12), and K. Irving (10). Be sure to watch for more “high-flying acts” to come, and lastly, per Coach K’s post-game comment, look for Derrick Rose to get more playing time with the starting five.
Selected Player Game Stats:
*Davis (21) pts. on 7-10 FGs/7-10 FTs/9 Rebs/1 Blkd shot/1 steal; Faried (15) pts on 7-9 FGs/11 Rebs -7 Offense. His 1st “Dbl-Dbl” in Pts. & Rebs. of tournament; Harden (13) pts. on 3-4 FGs/6-8 FTs/4 assts/2 steals/1 3-ptr; Curry (12) pts. on 4-7 FGs/2-3 3-ptrs/3 assts/2 steals; Thompson (12) pts. on 5-9 FGs/2-5 3-pts. * = Player of The Game RC/ELASS.COM
Next Game:vs Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at 12:30 pm (PST) on ESPN2.