Originally Posted by T-Low
Led by Vassilis Spanoulis (22 points), Greece beat USA 101-95. USA played better altogether but had poor performances by LeBron James and Chris Paul. Best performance was by Carmelo Anthony with 27 points. Greece will play Spain (Garbajosa & Calderon) in the Championship game. USA will play fr Bronze against the team that beat them out at the last WBC, Argentina.
I thought the USA had a good shot at winning it all but I can't say I am shocked either that they did not make the finals.
They could not adjust their defense to defend the pick n roll that supposedly killed the Americans. Simple play but difficult to defend consistently. That's the play that helped make Stockton and Malone future Hall of Famers.
Why didn't Coach K try a zone after getting burned so many times on the pick n roll?
Maybe the international game is just too different for an all-NBA team to get accustom to. And it does not help either that internationally players are getting better as well.