Even though its only an exhibition it should be an intense matchup. Reports are that Marc Gasol might not play because of his shoulder, but it should be an intense matchup. Im not buying into this notion that Spain is gonna be holding back, schematically I can see them not showing a couple things but you don't get to many chances at playing Team USA at home.
Spain has the biggest advantage over the US than any other team...size. 3 legit NBA 7 footers in Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka will show if team USA can really handle teams with superior size.
Ibaka is not a 7 footer, let alone a "legit" one. In fact, many so-called 7 footers are under 7 feet. Everyone over 6-9 is considered a 7 footer. No, a "legit" 7 footer.
You're right, but Serge is 6'10" which may as well be 7'. I think at least 20 teams in the NBA would love to have Serge Ibaka as their starting center and he'd be a legit enough center for them.
I expect a close game. Spain definitely isn't intimidated by the United States. Looking forward to the game.
Wouldn't surprise me if they lost.
I agree, this game is in Spain so it should be interesting, I dont think that Spain will hold back either , like they played against Argentina
Ibaka can also match and in fact exceed the athleticism of the US team except for Lebron and Westbrook. I'm not surprised if the game turns out to be close.
so you wont be surprised if the outcome of the game is what most eveyone thinks its going to be? great, thanks.
Yeah, USA is the underdog here..
anyone know where to stream this online?
ESPN 3 just put in your cable provider info on the ESPN main page and you can watch it.
Esp - USA 23-21
Melo is one of the only reasons we are still in the game.
What worries me more is that they haven't played Marc yet...
Something else I don't get is why is it 5 fouls and then you are out in International Ball?
Is it to limit rough play so there isn't a national feud?
NBA - 48 mins. -> 6 fouls = 1/8
FIBA - 40 mins -> 5 fouls = 1/8
Officiating has been suspect...that one travel on KD was non-existent and Westbrook got called for a foul because he out-jumped a flopper..
I feel like I'm watching a soccer game..so much flopping.