Tonight was supposed to be a night of celebration of the incredible depth of talent in the USA Basketball program where players like Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and more used a scrimmage to start preparing Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain. Instead things turned awful when late in the third quarter Paul George went down with a horrific lower leg injury, cancelling the rest of the contest and leaving sour thoughts in everyone’s minds. (There will be no posting of the George injury on this site so if you are looking for that please head somewhere else).
In play that happened before the injury, Anthony Davis switched between good, rough and indifferent but honestly at this point with George’s injury that seems incredibly unimportant. Davis blocked Kevin Durant on a drive once, threw down some dunks on a pick-and-roll and a lob in transition and got dunked on once by Durant before seemingly turning down his activity in the second half where he walked around a fair amount on both ends. With Davis locked into a massively important role on the roster it made sense for him to not fly around the court and risk injury. He also attempted a few international length threes in the game which was fun to see.
There will be more coverage of Team USA things going forward as long as Davis is active and playing. I apologize for the shortened notes and observations from tonight but the George injury sadly is the lasting image from tonight’s game and makes everything else that happened in a meaningless scrimmage feel completely insignificant.
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