Originally Posted by littlericky
I watched it. We were winning by 12 point in the 1st qtr and Greece got a time out. They came out on a 22-5 run and USA never recuperated. Their big guys killed us. Also Chris paul and K (from Chicago) made too many turnovers. I don't see them making the USA team for the next cycle.
Having Kirk Hinrich and Chris Paul at the same time on the basketball court was kind of a mistake. Kirk Hinrich looked like he lost focus and at times him and everybody else forgot about the shot clock.
Hellas played well and took advantage of their lack of a true big man. Dwight Howard improved as pointed by the commentators, he used to dribble under the basket a few times, then dunk the basketball down, but against Hellas, he had maybe two or three players from Hellas around, he didn't even dribble under the basket, just slam dunked the basketball in the basket.
Chris Paul, I don't know about him. I'm sure he's a great player in the National Basketball Association, but for international play, it seems like he's not mature enough to handle these types of situations. There were times when some players grabbed him, and he would throw fits at them just looking at them looking like he wanted to whine or something, but if you do that to any other international player, that international player will let it go knowing it's part of the game.
The commentator of the game called it first when he said that Sofoklis Schortsanitis reminded him of Robert "Tractor" Traylor. He was almost left off Team Hellas because he was deemed as immature reported by the commentator.