Yesterday afternoon Team USA played their final exhibition game in preparation for the FIBA World Cup that starts this weekend. As they had throughout the exhibition grind the Americans dominated another team yesterday, defeating Slovenia 101-71 behind 18 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and three steals in just 19 minutes from Anthony Davis.
While we at Pelican Debrief couldn’t catch the game (school and work don’t mix well with games played in Spain at 1 pm CT), a terrific Youtuber named Dawk Ins has a full highlight tape of Davis’s game.
Obviously there is a lot to like in the entire thing but some highlights really stood out to me. First there seemed to be a ton more space yesterday for Davis which wasn’t there in the team’s first set of exhibitions. On almost all of his baskets in the halfcourt Davis rolled into open space in the lane and either caught the pass and finished or cleaned up someone’s miss after again rolling through open space. If Team USA can keep the lane clear like that there are going to be about two teams in the entire tournament that can hope to stop Davis.
Defensively, Davis made a few plays that human beings his size shouldn’t make. As we have seen over the last two years, there probably isn’t any player in basketball more skilled at blocking jumpers without fouling than Davis. With his massive wingspan it makes blocking jumpers from angle that don’t seem real possible and Davis takes advantage. Second, big men aren’t supposed to steal passes on the perimeter and control the deflection to start a fast break himself. Some poor big man is going to get dunked on during a play like this over the next few weeks and it is going to be amazing.
Finally, just your daily reminder. Anthony Davis is amazing and incredibly fun.
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