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JGX
08-02-2012, 12:12 AM
over/unders:

Alley-oops converted by Anthony Davis: 2.5
Alley-oops thrown to Davis but not converted: 1.5
Number of threes missed by the US before their first make: 2.5
Ike Diogu points: 12.5
Number of minutes played by Nigerian-born players: 40

bobo81
08-02-2012, 12:06 PM
Wish Coach K would start the second unit. Hope we get to see more of AD as well. Diogu should have a solid game today.

macleopard13
08-02-2012, 06:36 PM
Today's gonna be an aggressive game. It's hard to predict whether USA will win the battle of boards. But I think USA should survive the game. If us Lithuanians can do it, so can USA.

Dtown
08-02-2012, 07:06 PM
This has the potential to be uglier than the Tunisia game depending on how Nigeria shoots. Trying to out athlete the US is a recipe for disaster.

each way
08-02-2012, 08:11 PM
USA will take this was easy tonight. Nigeria will give a good account of themselves after their poor showing against Lithuania

macleopard13
08-02-2012, 08:23 PM
USA will take this was easy tonight. Nigeria will give a good account of themselves after their poor showing against Lithuania

If they take this easy, and Nigeria gets on fire, it's not going to be a pretty sight for USA fans. Nigeria is no joke man. Greece learned it the hard way.

Khalid80
08-02-2012, 08:27 PM
I believe like usual with the U.S so far, the game will be some how close in the first half and then the U.S will take care of things in the 3rd quarter...

Richey666
08-02-2012, 08:30 PM
LOL, really. You compare USA with shitty 2012.Greek team? USA by 35.

If they take this easy, and Nigeria gets on fire, it's not going to be a pretty sight for USA fans. Nigeria is no joke man. Greece learned it the hard way.

macleopard13
08-02-2012, 08:37 PM
LOL, really. You compare USA with shitty 2012.Greek team? USA by 35.

Just saying - this team surprised many Euro teams - even Russia. And remember the 2010 Turkey game against Russia? :D :D

JGX
08-02-2012, 09:23 PM
over/unders:
Number of threes missed by the US before their first make: 2.5


Under!

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 09:27 PM
13-0 run to start the match by USA...I watch the game on eurovisionsports and Kobe is taunting the living shit out of Nigeria - shouting Brick, Short, Rebound before they even shoot the ball :cool:

Khalid80
08-02-2012, 09:28 PM
I believe like usual with the U.S so far, the game will be some how close in the first half and then the U.S will take care of things in the 3rd quarter...

Yeah right :p U.S are very focused early on in the game and now leading 13-0

At this rate USA is going to score 150 points during this game :eek: !!

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 09:36 PM
Carmelo going for a rebound: Get out of that shit K-Lo, I got it.

Buzissa
08-02-2012, 09:37 PM
Nigeria has to slow down the tempo, otherwise they will be beaten badly.

Dtown
08-02-2012, 09:37 PM
Yeah starters clearly got the message after last game, they came out motivated.

JGX
08-02-2012, 09:37 PM
Can we break the record of 23 threes against Puerto Rico?

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 09:39 PM
OMFG That should be illegal...

Dtown
08-02-2012, 09:40 PM
11/14 from three....that's just mean.

JGX
08-02-2012, 09:40 PM
Defense needs to be tightened up! We can't give up 100 points to Nigeria!

pohani komarac
08-02-2012, 09:42 PM
USA going for 200:eek:

Raze Lupin
08-02-2012, 09:43 PM
This is murder on the dance floor!!!

Raze Lupin
08-02-2012, 09:45 PM
I want to see it happen. Yet it wont happen!

Richey666
08-02-2012, 09:46 PM
OVerpowering offensive display, but would like to see some defense too :)

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 09:49 PM
The black mamba just raped some poor guy on the post.

JGX
08-02-2012, 09:50 PM
OVerpowering offensive display, but would like to see some defense too :)

We're hiding it in case we play them for the gold medal.

Raze Lupin
08-02-2012, 09:52 PM
They are pranking Anthony Davis. The players told him to go in the game then the coaches told him to sit down.

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 09:53 PM
De-fense, de-fense chant

Dtown
08-02-2012, 10:00 PM
Nice to see the US dial it back and only score 78 in the first half. Davis better play the entire second half after this lol

Richey666
08-02-2012, 10:02 PM
I won't be surprised if second half will be pretty much even.

Nikoo
08-02-2012, 10:05 PM
http://gif.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NIGERIAN-CROSSOVER.gif

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:06 PM
Olympic record for points in a game is 138 by Brazil against Egypt in 1988:
http://archive.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/game/p/gid/11/grid/B/rid/915/sid/2942/tid/250/_/1988_Olympic_Games_Tournament_for_Men/statistic.html

USA record for points is 146 against South Korea in 1990, with college players. K was the coach.
http://archive.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/game/p/gid/3/grid/C/rid/972/sid/2912/tid/313/_/1990_World_Championship_for_Men/statistic.html

Dtown
08-02-2012, 10:07 PM
Yeah I expect the US to shut it down in the third and fourth. Still with the way Nigeria shoots the ball, this could easily turn into a 50 point game.

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:19 PM
lol, turns out that Davis didn't have his jersey on when he was supposed to enter the game in the first half.

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:22 PM
Marbury's one great accomplishment about to be erased. Nigeria not even pretending to guard the perimeter.

greenarcher
08-02-2012, 10:24 PM
Meloman 9/11 from downtown with 10mins playing time only.

Dtown
08-02-2012, 10:24 PM
That was just hilarious, the announcer exchanges especially. Carmello just snatched it from Starbury.

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:33 PM
Just imagine how badly the US would have beaten Greece. :D:D:D

macleopard13
08-02-2012, 10:36 PM
This game's getting boring... But USA is having its best Olympic game ever. These kinds of games happen once in a lifetime. We all witnessed history today! :D

Raze Lupin
08-02-2012, 10:36 PM
Just imagine how badly the US would have beaten Greece. :D:D:D

It would be murder!!

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:39 PM
US 23/36 from three now, exactly the same as the PR game in 2007.

Gytaz
08-02-2012, 10:40 PM
This game is a joke. Still kind of entertaining to watch.

Dtown
08-02-2012, 10:41 PM
Normally I'm not one for blowouts, but I can make an exception for history, they're just unconscious from three. It's amazing to watch.

Gytaz
08-02-2012, 10:45 PM
And we have a record! I only started watching in the second half, but I hardly saw any contested shots by team USA...

greenarcher
08-02-2012, 10:46 PM
When was the last time Team USA scored this much in international play? And what was the score?

Congratulations to Team USA for a record-setting game! All they need now is the gold medal!

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:48 PM
It was 85-52 before Melo's flurry of threes, 62-16 since then.

Dtown
08-02-2012, 10:53 PM
I'd say this was dream team esq, but that wouldn't be doing it justice.

Lithuania should be happy, because there's no way in hell we will shoot anywhere near this good for the rest of the tournament.

LTbotd
08-02-2012, 10:53 PM
Only 156 points? Disappointing :D

Richey666
08-02-2012, 10:54 PM
Nigeria for some reason stopped defending since then. Seems they kind of preferred to give up 3-point-shots instead of dunks. "saving face" in a weird way.

It was 85-52 before Melo's flurry of threes, 62-16 since then.

JGX
08-02-2012, 10:56 PM
Nigeria for some reason stopped defending since then. Seems they kind of preferred to give up 3-point-shots instead of dunks. "saving face" in a weird way.

Yeah, they had two guys defending the lob to Davis and two guys walking back down the court.

This is setting us up to shoot 9 for 46 from three in an important game, right?

Chopin
08-02-2012, 11:13 PM
Carmelo Anthony 37 points in 14:29 min of play, that is more than 102 points / 40 min. That must some kind of record also :D

Well Nigeria did not play any defence at all, so it was a preparation and actually quite boring game, like a softer type of training...

Khalid80
08-02-2012, 11:13 PM
What we witnessed today guys is something out of this world! We won't get to see something like this ever again imo!

The last time I watched something as impressive in a live game on tv was when Kobe scored 81 points.

Strida
08-02-2012, 11:25 PM
If the USA coasts to a Gold medal, especially after this display....I would not be surprised if it adds fuel to Stern's argument for a U-23 tourney.

CKR13
08-02-2012, 11:27 PM
Melo time turned to jelly time.

Silent Killer
08-02-2012, 11:29 PM
insane game indeed. only watch the 2nd half and its one of greatest shooting display i seen. 29 3 pt fgs made by US is one more than 28 TOTAL fgs made by whole nigeria team. a total massacre.

Silent Killer
08-02-2012, 11:32 PM
What we witnessed today guys is something out of this world! We won't get to see something like this ever again imo!

The last time I watched something as impressive in a live game on tv was when Kobe scored 81 points.

i witness half of it and still.. AMAZING display of shooting by US. Melo anthony who by NBA standard is not a great 3 pt shooter shot 10/12 in 3 pt arc in this game. btw lebron and kobe didn't play the entire 2nd half.

bobo81
08-02-2012, 11:44 PM
Well this is turning out to be a memorable Olympics for the entire USA delegation.

And how fitting for Iguodala to hit the historic mark against none other than Nigeria. Both ironic and amazing. DWill and CP3 are still trying to find their mojo, and it looks like USA may not even need a PG. Might as well let LBJ run it from now on.

durden_tyler
08-03-2012, 01:01 AM
http://gif.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NIGERIAN-CROSSOVER.gif

A crossover worth a gold medal in itself :D That player can retire from basketball now :D

rikhardur
08-03-2012, 01:29 AM
Sad day for basketball imo. Shameful to basketball as a whole.

Pleasant
08-03-2012, 01:34 AM
Hmm I didn't have a chance to catch the game live, but when I looked at the score I thought, "That was rather unsporting of Team USA, wasn't it?" especially after Tunisia's coach praised them on Tuesday for not running up the score unnecessarily.

But after watching the replay, I don't know. Nigeria lost its spirit, if it ever had any to begin with, midway through the first quarter. I have never seen a team get so demoralized so quickly in a game. It's not like the US went hard for all 40 minutes; it's more like the Nigerian team just wanted the game to end as quickly as possible. If anything, this game gave me newfound respect for Tunisia.

The Skinn crossover was probably the only highlight of the whole game for Nigeria, which will have to hope that future observers will forget all about this debacle and only remember this year for their upset of Greece in the OQT.

Dtown
08-03-2012, 01:40 AM
One thing I wondered going into this tournament was would Nigeria be sated just by getting to the Olympics, and after the Tunisia game, really the second half of the Tunisia game it has seemed that way.

It kind of makes sense though, considering we were all convinced Nigeria winning against Greece was one of the biggest victories for Africa of all time. Everything after has been a victory lap.

JGX
08-03-2012, 01:55 AM
Sad day for basketball imo. Shameful to basketball as a whole.

Why? It's not the first huge blowout in major international competition.

Indeed a pretty pathetic effort by Nigeria, but once the US got off to the hot start they might as well save their energy for the last two games.

Federoy
08-03-2012, 02:05 AM
Sad day for basketball imo. Shameful to basketball as a whole.

I'm not sure what you're insinuating: is it shameful that the US ran up the score or that Nigeria stopped playing? Certainly the lopsidedness of their contest doesn't help advance the sport one bit. But in defense of the US, Nigeria's reaction after being completely overwhelmed in the first half was to simply stop competing, something that a team with true character and pride never does. Could you imagine Argentina laying down like this? Absolutely not.

Which could lead some to speculate, rightly or wrongly, that because the Nigerian roster constituted predominately American players of Nigerian ancestry that they weren't as emotionally invested in representing their country since they weren't born and raised there. I personally don't believe that, but there are skeptics out there who will pounce on such a notion.

Federoy
08-03-2012, 02:10 AM
One thing I wondered going into this tournament was would Nigeria be sated just by getting to the Olympics, and after the Tunisia game, really the second half of the Tunisia game it has seemed that way.

It kind of makes sense though, considering we were all convinced Nigeria winning against Greece was one of the biggest victories for Africa of all time. Everything after has been a victory lap.

Couldn't agree more D. It's like somebody forgot to tell them that there's a marriage after the wedding.

JGX
08-03-2012, 02:10 AM
The upside-down exclamation point is my favorite letter in the Spanish alphabet. Is three of them in a row also an Olympic record?

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/5086/156puntos.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/156puntos.jpg/)

Raze Lupin
08-03-2012, 05:01 AM
Notable: only 50 of the USA's 156 points against Nigeria were scored in the paint.

Sykes
08-03-2012, 06:36 AM
Was it neccesary? Really?

You donīt have to prove you are the best if you have to humilliate a weaker team to prove it.
It would be better USA take the gold, and go back home leaving the rest of the teams playing for silver.

Iīm so dissapointed to see that USA basketball players are the best in the pitch, and the worst persons in the olympics.

Olympics spirit.....
Where it was?

greenarcher
08-03-2012, 06:46 AM
LOL here we go again.

Would you rather see the Americans running out the shot clock without taking a shot? Or would you rather see them shoot the ball from half court in each possession? Better yet, did you want them to give the ball to their opponent after every inbound intentionally to keep the score respectable?

The badminton players have just been criticized for intentionally playing to lose. For the sake of "sportsmanship", does it mean USA should have played to lose as well?

If USA did play to "lose", Nigeria wouldn't get anything out of it, either way there wouldn't be any dignity left.


"We didn't play LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] in the second half, and with Carmelo shooting like that, we benched him," Krzyzewski said. "We didn't take any fast breaks in the fourth quarter, and we played all zone. You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit.

Barney Stinson
08-03-2012, 07:08 AM
At this rate USA is going to score 150 points during this game :eek: !!
Great call, brother! You nailed it!

Barney Stinson
08-03-2012, 07:10 AM
As for concerns of the US showboating, they were just taking advantage of them shooting well as a team.

That's the problem. Nigeria offered no resistance at all. They watched the US pummel them to the ground and etch them to Olympic infamy. They did nothing. Not even lay down an American player to send a message.

And if the USA did showboat, it's because they can.

Nikoo
08-03-2012, 07:35 AM
Nigeria didn't know what hit them from the start. They are used to be more athletic and fast than their opponents and base almost all of their game plan on that...when Kobe and co. D'ed them up they were in complete shock...after that US got into the rhythm and the things got ugly.

Too bad that USA switched to zone D, they should have played full court man-to-man pressure defense during the 2nd half, if they did they might have broken the 200 points.

fasoulaki
08-03-2012, 07:51 AM
Nigeria didn't know what hit them from the start. They are used to be more athletic and fast than their opponents and base almost all of their game plan on that

Which game plan? Nigeria has no systems, no tactics, no strategy! They only have athleticism. This worked against tired and unprepaired European teams in the OQT but does not work against a team which is even more athletic than Nigeria.

But I fear thats the future of FIBA basketball. With the new 3pt shooting line and the rectangular zone there is much more space available which athletic players can use to outplay their opponents by their speed and strength. This as a result means that team strategy and tactics have less impact than before.

Pleasant
08-03-2012, 08:09 AM
Was it neccesary? Really?

You donīt have to prove you are the best if you have to humilliate a weaker team to prove it.
It would be better USA take the gold, and go back home leaving the rest of the teams playing for silver.

Iīm so dissapointed to see that USA basketball players are the best in the pitch, and the worst persons in the olympics.

Olympics spirit.....
Where it was?

That's not quite fair. I thought the same thing as you when I was just looking at the score, but when I watched the replay of the game, my impression changed. The US just shot from the outside the whole game - mostly uncontested, low-percentage jumpers, with the occasional alley-oop. It wasn't just about the gap in talent. Nigeria just surrendered and played 3.5 quarters almost without any passion, especially on defense.

Should the US just have waited until the shot clock expired and then kindly passed the ball to Nigeria? That would have been even more disgraceful. There's just nothing "classy" to do when your opponent puts up so little resistance.

Anyway, this is a "problem" I doubt we'll have in future Olympic games.

durden_tyler
08-03-2012, 08:24 AM
That's not quite fair. I thought the same thing as you when I was just looking at the score, but when I watched the replay of the game, my impression changed. The US just shot from the outside the whole game - mostly uncontested, low-percentage jumpers, with the occasional alley-oop. It wasn't just about the gap in talent. Nigeria just surrendered and played 3.5 quarters almost without any passion, especially on defense.

Should the US just have waited until the shot clock expired and then kindly passed the ball to Nigeria? That would have been even more disgraceful. There's just nothing "classy" to do when your opponent puts up so little resistance.

Anyway, this is a "problem" I doubt we'll have in future Olympic games.

To add, this isn't grade school or high school intramurals. These are grown men. You don't want to get embarrassed? Play some defense. Try harder. At the end of the day, Nigeria wouldn't want to be embarrassed like this again that they'd work harder in the next games and future events.

Khalid80
08-03-2012, 08:25 AM
The fact that:

1) Some people were comparing this NT to that of the 1992 team as which is better and making a big fuss out of it.
2) This is probably the last time we will see a US NT being represented by such caliber of players knowing that the US will be represented by U23 year olds in the next Olympics.
3) Having bad starts in the first half against both France and Tunisia and in general not dominating Tunisia..
4) Nigerian NT not showing any fighting spirit and giving up so early on in the game

If we combine all these factors together then we can understand why this team was so motivated to keep going the whole 40 minutes without showing any mercy and having such a high level of concentration...
If you ask me which of the 4 factors above inspired this US team the most last night I think it would be point number 1 as ultimately, I think they are trying to send a clear message to the 1992 team ;)

pohani komarac
08-03-2012, 08:34 AM
The badminton players have just been criticized for intentionally playing to lose. For the sake of "sportsmanship", does it mean USA should have played to lose as well?

.

that's my toughts....i rather watch USA players humiliating Nigeria than that badminton match....Or game France-Greece in EB 09. where Greece was celebrating De Colo winnig shoot whille his teammates wannted to "kill" him

I didn't watch 2nd half, it was to much of "all-star game" for me and I hate all star games, but I first half I could only see one thing. Nigeria tried to runn, finish plays in 5-10 secends, in defense they colapsed after first drible so USA had tons of open shoots. Just like we say, it was Nigeria who comited "suicide from ambush" :)

I'm not sure can we blame USA players for taking and making open shoots and givig some efort on defense and board....Also anyone who played some sport know how weak oponents can make you fall out of rytham if you play withot some concetration and efort. Lay down aproch can become habbit so If I was coach I rathr pushed my team for bow out just to make sure they are focused for 40min., then see some lay dow aproach from my team

Wayne White
08-03-2012, 10:23 AM
Last time I checked the Olympics is about the best going against the best, compeating at the highest level to show who is better. Team USA dominated this game in which half the time they wasn't running anything. How many times did we see Melo walk into a three in transition or D-Will or paul get a steal or rebound and instead of pushing the ball up the court racing for oops, lay ups and dunks they pulled back and try to allow everyone even the Nigerians to get back on D. Coach K isn't known for running scored up not in international play nor in College play. There a many times at DUKE where his team has out match and overwhelm their oppenant and in the last four minuets of the game he runs what I call the victory formation of college basketball offense, running the shot clock down and shooting a outside shot.
You should never blame Team USA for blowing their opposition out of the water, they came to prove they are the best team not only in the world but one of the best to ever play in the Olympics. If they want to score 150 points than so be it, it is up to their opposition to stop them or at least try. USA could of easily gone for more than what they did, they pulled up and basically had a shooting practice against a team that no longer wanted to even play the game.
AND to further show that K was no longer interested in trying to show off he basicly had his reserves (if you can even call them that) play all of the second half. The two best players not only on team USA but in the world Lebron and Kobe sat out the whole second half. This was a great day for basketball records broken, a few games including the GB VS SPAIN game going down to the wire. Really excited to watch what happens from here on. But I do agree, this tournament is seemingly a tourney for who can win silver, the way team usa is playing right now I don't see anyone coming with in a single digit margin let alone beating them, but hey stuff happens who knows.

klakis
08-03-2012, 11:24 AM
I am not a US team fan but if they keep playing like that i think i am going to be one!
That`s what we want from the olympics ....to see the best performance of the best athletes!!!
Amazing performance even with a poor opponent!!!
I just hope that US will keep playing like that!
Perhaps the most certain gold medal of the olympics!

P.S. i wish that US doesn`t win the gold so that they have to send their best team in the next olympics also!

Strida
08-03-2012, 01:04 PM
Was it neccesary? Really?

You donīt have to prove you are the best if you have to humilliate a weaker team to prove it.
It would be better USA take the gold, and go back home leaving the rest of the teams playing for silver.

Iīm so dissapointed to see that USA basketball players are the best in the pitch, and the worst persons in the olympics.

Olympics spirit.....
Where it was?

The US team stopped running fast breaks in the 4th quarter, Carmelo was benched as soon as it was evident that he wasn't going to miss another shot, all the reserves were playing, and they started playing INACTIVE ZONES. They actually damn near stopped moving as much on defense, but still cremated Nigera.

The only way for the US not to annihilate Nigeria would be to just do a shot clock violation on every possession...which would be far more insulting to Nigera.

Raze Lupin
08-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Which game plan? Nigeria has no systems, no tactics, no strategy! They only have athleticism. This worked against tired and unprepaired European teams in the OQT but does not work against a team which is even more athletic than Nigeria.

True USA is more athletic than Nigeria. Yet that is not the reason that USA won yesterday. Nigeria scored a respectable 73 points. The Americans only scored 50 of its total 156 points in the paint. Therefore USA superior athleticism was not the deciding factor. Simply jump-shots is what destroyed Nigeria. Specifically the 3 point shot. I believe USA scored 87 points from the 3 point line.

But I fear thats the future of FIBA basketball. With the new 3pt shooting line and the rectangular zone there is much more space available which athletic players can use to outplay their opponents by their speed and strength. This as a result means that team strategy and tactics have less impact than before.

That sounds like paranoia to me. The new FIBA rules do not diminish strategy and Tactics. Argentina, Spain, Russia seem to have great tactics and are among the most successful teams. Turkey is one of the most athletic and strong teams and they didn't even make the tournament because they posses a low level of tactical execution. If you are referring to the Nigeria/Greek OQT game. Greek was simply out hustled. Nigeria showed more fighting spirit. Nigeria does not posses and overwhelming advantage in athleticism over elite Euro clubs. Nigeria barely beat Tunisia.


You make it seem like Nigeria is so athletic that they are jumping over Europeans like Vince Carter during the 2000 Olympics. To comment more about the Nigeria's suppose athleticism advantage against Europeans lets compare Nigeria to the top Euro teams.

Spain: I shouldn't have to say much here but Spain is either stronger, faster or more athletic in every position over Nigeria.

Russia: Alexi Sheved, AK47, Timofey Mosgov is enough to over power the Nigerians in any physical match up.

France: I shouldn't have to say anything here. Nando DeColo, Tony Parker, Nikolas Batum, Joakim Noah are all fast athletic and strong.

Turkey: The Turks are far superior to the Nigerians in both strength and athleticism. Omer Asik, Enes Canter, Ersan Illysova, Semih Erdan. If the Turks had elite strategy and tactics they could beat anyone in the world. Tactics are still important.

Lietuva: Can field a front court of Donatas Montieunas, Jonas Valenciunas, Robertas Javtokas, Linas Kleiza. They have Martynas poicus. Lietuva has a superior combo of athleticism and strength. Particularly in the front court.

Even teams like Italy and Serbia have guards or forwards that are superior to anything that Nigeria has. I'd put Danilo Galinari's athleticism against any Nigerian forward. Nigeria or any other African team does not hold a significant advantage in athleticism to the point where strategy and tactics are irrelevant. There is no Hakeem Olajuwon on the Nigeria team. Just because Greek and Lietuva lost to Nigeria doesn't mean the basketball world is over turned. It just means there is more parity in FIBA. Why are you so fearful?

Raze Lupin
08-03-2012, 01:42 PM
Was it neccesary? Really?

You donīt have to prove you are the best if you have to humilliate a weaker team to prove it.
It would be better USA take the gold, and go back home leaving the rest of the teams playing for silver.

Iīm so dissapointed to see that USA basketball players are the best in the pitch, and the worst persons in the olympics.

Olympics spirit.....
Where it was?

1)If you watched the game you know that the USA stopped playing aggressive defense after the first half. The Nigerians scored a respectable 73 points. Also as its been said USA only shot jumpers the greater majority of that was 3 point shots.

2)USA are the worst persons? Seriously? What about the Spanish footballers that physically assaulted the refs during this 2012 Olympics. There was even fighting in the tunnel after the game!! Its obvious you are both biased and blind. You need to let that hate go.

Dtown
08-03-2012, 01:43 PM
Anyone who says the US intentionally ran up the score either didn't watch the game and just looked at the stats, or just wants a reason to hate Team USA. The starters were done by the third quarter, Carmello (who came off the bench) rode the pine after he decimated Nigeria too, the US switched to a passive zone defense in the 4th, hell most of their possessions in the 4th were run out the shot clock hoist up a three before the buzzer (granted these went in).

And I agree 100%, better to see excellence at the Olympics, than teams attempting to lose.

Buzissa
08-03-2012, 04:08 PM
The US made a quick run in the beginning and Nigeria simply gave up. They started to take quick shots and their defense was pathetic. Most of the time one pass was enough for the US to have an open look. Carmelo attempted 12 3's and all of them were uncontested.
Nobody can blame the US for being serious. The mental weakness showed by Nigeria is not expected at this level. Shameful performance by them.

jiggawhat
08-03-2012, 04:24 PM
I blame Nigeria. They seemed to give up. And what was the US supposed to do, let the shot clock expire?

Hepcat
08-03-2012, 04:28 PM
I agree. You can't tell the players not to play to the best of their ability.

:)

Barney Stinson
08-03-2012, 11:35 PM
The US was walking up the ball almost the entire time during the fourth. They held back their attack, but Nigeria's defense and competitiveness just screamed of "Hey, would you like some coffee and sandwich on your way to the rack? How about a magazine while you take your time shooting a three"

Barney Stinson
08-03-2012, 11:37 PM
2)USA are the worst persons? Seriously? What about the Spanish footballers that physically assaulted the refs during this 2012 Olympics. There was even fighting in the tunnel after the game!! Its obvious you are both biased and blind. You need to let that hate go.

They are fighting the refs who are giving them help? Where did those two mystery free throws against GB come from? :rolleyes:

Southpaw
08-04-2012, 08:32 AM
Anyone who says the US intentionally ran up the score either didn't watch the game and just looked at the stats, or just wants a reason to hate Team USA. The starters were done by the third quarter, Carmello (who came off the bench) rode the pine after he decimated Nigeria too, the US switched to a passive zone defense in the 4th, hell most of their possessions in the 4th were run out the shot clock hoist up a three before the buzzer (granted these went in).

And I agree 100%, better to see excellence at the Olympics, than teams attempting to lose.


I agree. It was more of a shooting clinic than beating a dead horse. This thing does happen once in a great while even in a NBA game especially if the other team just gave up. It's crazy because everytime US missed a shot, it was like a surprised. Even Iguodola was making his 3s.

Even with lopsided victory, I am not too sure if USA can win it all. There are teams like Argentina, Brazil and Especially Spain that can keep the game within 10 points and can steal the game. A victory like this
can really lead to false assumption that they can keep making those outside shots. If Spain utiliZe their size and find a way to force feed their bigs and get Tyson Chandler in foul trouble, sooner or later open shots will be everywhere and it will also slows the tempo of the game.