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Team USA Survives Major Scare from Lithuania

Team USA faced its first major challenge in the Olympic Games this morning against a Lithuania team who would not go away. Team USA survived in a 99-94 win. Two days ago, Team USA lived (thrived? obliterated the competition?) by the three pointer. This morning, they nearly died by the three pointer. At one point near the end of the 3rd quarter, the USA had only hit 2 of its last 19 three point attempts. In the fourth quarter, Team USA began to connect from long distance just enough, enabling them to pull away. Lithuania seemed to score at ease around the basket early, which led many Kentucky fans to take to Twitter wondering if a shot-blocking presence such as Anthony Davis might help defensively. Alas, Davis didn’t see the court in a game that was too close for comfort from beginning to end. If this stat isn’t an indication of the kind of game it was…Coach K called his first timeout of the entire Olympics midway though the 4th quarter when Lithuania pulled within 1 point.

Team USA was able to pull away in the end but not without receiving a genuine scare from Lithuania. Carmelo Anthony led the way again in the scoring column for the United States, scoring 20 points. LeBron James showed up big late in the game and also dropped in 20 points. Following a string of Olympic games in which Team USA faced little to know resistance, Lithuania proved that the United States is certainly not invincible. Call it a perfect storm of Lithuania playing the game of their lives and Team USA being consistently off the mark from behind the 3-point arc, but either way…Lithuania almost pulled the upset. Is anyone a little more worried about the likes of a team like Spain moving forward? Or was this a wake-up call for the star-studded United States team?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for Team USA Survives Major Scare from Lithuania

  1. Anthony_Davis's_Mom
    11:36 am August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Lithuania sure did get a lot of layups…if only Team USA had someone on the bench to go in and protect the paint. Coach K, give me a call.

  2. Common Sense
    11:55 am August 4, 2012 Permalink

    They would have eaten Davis alive. He isn’t that caliber yet.

  3. KoachKaysWife
    11:55 am August 4, 2012 Permalink

    #1 Good point Mom! But what we really needed was someone in there who could catch a lob pass and dunk it.

  4. Kevin C.
    11:58 am August 4, 2012 Permalink

    @ #1… EXACTLY. And this fact is another glaring example of what a poor game coach “Coach K” really is: “Coach K called his first timeout of the entire Olympics midway though the 4th quarter when Lithuania pulled within 1 point”. When you take him out of his comfort zone, where the NCAA refs have always coddled him, and given his teams EVERY advantage, you soon see he’s not very good in competitive game situations.

  5. Capt
    12:06 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    2. Are you saying Valenciunas is better? Because he just got drafted too!

  6. Bubba Earl
    12:10 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Those two guys with the beards are Louisville fans dressed in Lithuania’s colors, must be cheering against AD on the bench!

  7. Kevin C.
    12:14 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    I wish our country’s colors looked like Fruit Stripes gum….

  8. kywildcat
    12:16 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    2 (Troll) disagree had coach k put Davis in this would’ve been a different game.

  9. jim
    12:57 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    they will win what happen to jerry tipton dont see in herald i have been out of the loop for a wwhile

  10. jumpman78
    2:26 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    4 – Wow. What a moronic statement, I don’t like Duke at all but to discredit this guys coaching ability is just plain dumb. 4 championships, most wins by a mens division 1 coach and he got all of those by calls, huh? Pull your head out of your ass.

  11. Exiledfan
    3:23 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    How about calling this unable to defend pick n roll and unable to give weak side help and no defensive rotation??

  12. JimRW
    3:59 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    4) You’re an idiot. Coach K is 59-1 as USA Coach, but he’s not good? Learn something about basketball before you comment. You are the reason people consider BBN a bunch of babbling idiots.

  13. zackh
    5:32 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    why has someone not invented a time machine yet?? i was actually starting to believe that dream team 2012 could take dream team 92 to school…. but ’92 would destroy this team on the inside. I honestly believe that the inside presence of could have made the other team shoot more jumpers. TIME MACHINE!!!!

  14. zackh
    5:34 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    We need a KSR writer to write a story about “what if we could go back in time” ’96 cats vs ’12 cats.. ’11 cats vs ’10 cats….. it would be great reading

  15. zackh
    5:35 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    play by play on each game.. i would read every word no matter how long the story!

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