U.S. Wins but Shows Its Flaws
The United States Men’s basketball team played at exhibition game at Verizon Arena in front of President Barack Obama Monday night. The team made up of all NBA stars had to make a second half rally to win 80-69. The first quarter for the U.S. was one to forget. However, they came back in the second quarter to hold Brazil to just five points.
LeBron James led the U.S. team with 30 points and helped them rally from a 10-point first quarter deficit. James scored 14 of his 30 points in the decisive fourth quarter to help the U.S. pull away. The team led Brazil by only 7 points with a little over four minutes remaining.
Obama left the arena with only 31 seconds left on the clock after watching the entire game with his vice president Joseph Biden. When the two left they received chants of four more years in reference to being re-elected in the upcoming November elections. Kevin Durant, a native of Washington D.C., where the game was played, scored 11 points for the U.S. and Chris Paul added 10.
The Americans will leave today to fly to Europe to start preparations for the London Games. On Thursday, they will play Britain before heading to Spain to face Spain and Argentina.
The Brazil game showed that the U.S. team has some work they need to do prior to the Olympics. They shot just 1 for 12 from the three-point line during the first half and did not have any rhythm in their half court offense.