Tonight on ESPN2 at 11:00pm. I guess if you have nothing else to do tonight, you should watch.
Uruguay is not a particularly good team outside of Esteban Batista (Hawks fans might know him
). Batista is averaging 21.5ppg and a tournament leading 14 rpg, as well as playing 37 minutes a game.
Uruguay's also lost to venezuela and Canada, so...eh
Stoudemire, for his part, must be ready to resume his customary position beneath the basket, as the team will likely focus its efforts on keeping Esteban Batista off the glass. The Atlanta Hawks' restricted free agent, who hauled down a tournament-best 20 boards on Tuesday, leads all players with 84 rebounds – 35 more than the next closest player.
Other than Batista and guard Nicolas Mazzarino, who is averaging 19.0 points per game in the tournament, there are few players who should give the Americans much trouble.
Reading into the comments of Alberto Espasandin, the team’s head coach, perhaps he expects as much.
“I think that for our players to even play against the top of the NBA, the US team, is just an incredible experience,” Espasandin said Tuesday. “We will just make sure to rotate and give a chance for all of our players to get game time. Other than that, we will just rest up and recharge our batteries for the following game.”