Why not a pseudo little live-blog this morning? If anyone's around feel free to comment and I'll follow with some videos following the contest.
8:15- Close game early on. The U.S. leads by only three halfway through the first. Howard is settling in down low (Bogut has two fouls) but Australia is nailing their threes.
20-17 with 2:50 left in the first. There's been a couple of shots by the Aussies early as well. Something to keep in mind.
"Stop being stupid. You're making dumb plays"- Coach K via Craig Sager
2:20- Australia's point guard, Patty Mills (St. Marys) is giving Team USA's guards some problems early and it might be time to bring in Chris Paul. We were tied, but Anthony hit a three to give "Redeem" the lead back
24-21 (under a minute left in the first)
2:24- The U.S. is 4-11 from the FT line early as well. Mills hits a beautful running layup and gets fouled, but misses the free throw. Paul drives and is hammered at the buzzer....no call.
25-24 U.S. at the end of one
8:28- We start the second quarter with an obligatory Michael Phelps story from Sager and Wade completes a three-point play. Bogut looks terrible by the way. Australia is still bumping and it's about time to start hitting back.
30-26 with 9 minutes left
8:33- Patrick Mills again! He takes it right at Chris Bosh for two. Bosh misses another throw and the U.S. is shooting somewhere in the teens from the line. Wade to James....Slam! Bogut finally scores but Kobe follows on the other end with a dunk. Kobe again with a behind the back fake and a layup.
37-30 USA with 6:30 left in the second
8:39- Bogut with an and one and I'm thinking that I shouldn't have called him out. Doug Collins tells us that USA has 10 offensive rebounds and I thank him for the stat. James gets a layup and was fouled but no call. Lead is nine and Bogut dribble off of his fat thigh out of bounds. Layup for Newley of AUS and the lead is seven. Kobe misses a three and Anderson hits for the Aussies. James and one!
"Pure strength and power for Lebron James."- Mike Breen
Bron misses and Anthony is hammered. Here we go! Some pushing and shoving after the play between Worthington and Howard.
45-36 USA with 4 minutes left in the second
8:44- AUS gets a couple of throws, but Kobe gets another and one as he blew past Mills....ANOTHER MISSED FREE THROW! Good lord. James misses a three. Eight point lead. Prince with a steal and Lebron again...he can't be stopped down low today (or tonight). Under two to go. Newly drafted Houston Rocket, Mike Newley hits a three. Another U.S. miss but Mills misses a three.
50-43 U.S. under a minute to go
8:47- Aww...a great shot of Chris Collins in the stands. Doug swoons. Kobe with a fadeaway, Newley misses a three and AT THE BUZZER!!!!!!! GOOD! Deron Williams with a three. Whew.
55-43 USA at the half
9:05- Second half is underway and Kobe starts it with a three. That's good because the U.S. is 10-20 from the line. Melo for three! Here comes the run. Lebron with the steal! Dives out of bounds!!! Bryant to the line. Now that's the hustle we need.
9:09- Jason Kidd with a layup and Mike Breen says they're pulling away. Way to jinx it Mike. Or not....Kobe and one.
"Kobe has just played for a minute and a half."- Mike Breen
Pretty sure you meant sat Mike....okay, he corrected himself. Nielsen gives Carmelo a shot in the chest and Australia still hasn't scored. 26 point lead as Kobe hits another three. A 14-0 run to start the quarter.
69-43 with 6 minutes left.
9:14- Mills hits a three and he's looked awfully good today/tonight. He's their backup point guard too. Lebron and one....it's officially a blowout.
"This is the Lebron we don't see much in Cleveland."- Doug Collins
Amen Doug. Amen. (Bill) Worthington with a dunk on a follow for Australia and I wasn't aware anyone on the team could dunk. We sure as hell know Bogut can't. And right on cue, Bogut is shown icing his knees and is done for the night. James with the no look to Bosh....SLAM!
9:17- Dwyane Wade banks in a three from the corner and I'm going to call this one over myself at this point. The lead is 30 with 2 minutes left in the third.
"Did I see that he scored 37 in his first game in College?"- Doug Collins on Patrick Mills
It was his fourth game, but great recall there Dougie Fresh. Seville hits a three for AUS but Prince answers on the other end.
85-55 with 1:30 left in the third
9:22- Seville with a four point play and he jaws with Wade. Again....Mills with the drive. Oop to Prince and then Bosh swats a three attempt out of bounds.
That's the end of the third. U.S. won that quarter 34-18 and they lead 89-61.
9:30- The fourth starts rather slow but Deron Williams finishes a nice layup. Kobe hits one from the Water Cube and the lead is 31. AND KOBE AGAIN! He's got 25. This Ingles kid for Australia is pretty good. Only 20 years old and he adds a dunk and three to his Olympic resume.
101-70 with 6 minutes left
9:35- Ingles with another three. Outside of the guy Marlowe with the blond faux-hawk....he's my favorite player. AND AGAIN FOR INGLES!!! Redd hits a three. I'm also a big fan of Australia's yellow lowtops. Sporty.
106-78 with 4 minutes left
9:40- Deron Williams misses a layup after a nice pass from Paul. Boozer looks like ass and Newley takes it to Prince and gets to the line. Good draft pick by the Rockets but that's nothing new for them overseas. Nielsen is in there still throwing bows and the U.S. needs to just chill out.....or just foul the shit out of him. Good job Carlos Boozer.
Mike Breen thanks the interns....that's nice. Under two. Boozer scores and that means everyone on the team has scored. Mills and one. Look out WCC! Whoa....Australia has a guy that looks just like Brent Barry. Put him in!
Lebron James- 16pts, 9 rebs, 3 asts, 4 steals
Kobe Bryant- 25pts, 5 rebs
Carmelo Anthony- 15pts, 5 rebs
Patrick Mills- 20pts
Joe Ingles- 11pts in 10 mins
Brad Newley- 10pts
(Highlight video coming shortly)