Saturday, August 21, 2004

4 point play 

The late 3-pointer+ foul shot from ex-Maryland Terrapin, Sarunas Jasikevicious, was the turning point in this game, tying the score at 84 and leading the way to Lithuania's (aka: Forever Bronze) 94-90 victoy over USA hoops. As of late, this might not qualify as a story given how disappointing US basketball has been, but this was a very tight game and -- gasp! -- the US played with intensity. They actually had a 9 point lead in the third before crumbling to the impecable shooting of the Lithuanians. That short international three point line does wonders. The Lithaunians couldn't miss from the outside and dominated from the foul line. So even though the US won the turnover battle and the rebound advantage, this difference once again came down to shooting. The US is shooting 16% from three point land in these games. That's by far the worst of all the men and all the women. This loss also marks the first time an American side has ever lost two games at a single Olympics. It was encouraging, though, to see this team play with at least some emotion. They'll surely knock off Angola to reach the quarterfinals, but once there they could end up facing an undefeated Spain who, lead by NBA star Pau Gasol, are playing as well as anyone.

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