Team USA continued their exhibition tour in preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Cup on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, and cruised to a dominating victory over the Dominican Republic 105-62. The game was rather close for a stretch of two minutes or so early before Team USA started to pull away led by Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, who got things going for the Americans by posting five points, a block, and multiple rebounds in a span of 3:28.
Davis started off his run by hitting a mid range jump shot and shortly after was fouled on a shot attempt from about 18 feet out. Although the beginning run let us view just how talented Anthony Davis is, the minutes he played afterward (which were few in number) showed us just what Davis will mean to the team come the start of FIBA tournament play.
Countless times during Davis’ time on the court he showed his ability to run the floor, and be an imposing threat to every team that will face Team USA on the fast break. On the fast break he didn’t only show his athleticism he also showed his awareness and decision-making. On a fast break in the first quarter, Davis was already down the floor at the baseline when point guard Kyrie Irving brought the ball just over the half court line. Being aware, Davis cut forwards towards Irving, caught the ball, spun around, and drained in a beautiful hook shot.
Little things like this, along with Davis’ athleticism, ability to run the floor, improving jump shot, and his knowledge of the game, make for a dangerous player on a team with as much talent as Team USA has.
Team USA will play again on Friday, August 22nd versus Puerto Rico at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. To check out the rest of Team USA’s schedule, you may click here.
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