Friday, August 22, 2008

Team Redeem’s table is ‘Finals’ set

The USA Basketball team came out with fire in their eyes, played tenacious D, buried Argentina early, and then held on the rest of the way to secure their place in the Gold Medal Game. The US built a 21-point lead early in the second quarter and then were aided when Manu Ginobli went down with an injury, not to return. The Redeem Team seemed to relax and Argentina cut the lead down to six but after a Coach K timeout, the lead went back to double digits was never less than 13 the rest of the way. TR will face Spain in the Finals on Sunday, a team that they blew out in pool play. If the US play the type of defense they put on Spain the first time around when they forced 24 TURNOVERS, this one won’t be close. To make matters worse for the defending World Champions might be without the services of their point guard Jose Calderon, who sat out the semi-final game against Lithuania. In addition to blowing teams out on the court the US has spent their ‘off time’ going to matches of other athletes, doing charity work, including visiting the children’s hospital of the earthquake victims, helping to raise $500,000. They have not only performed on the court but been diplomats for the game and the country. There is one last piece of business to take care of and that will done over lunch on Sunday.

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