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Far From Friendly: USA 86 vs: Spain 85 (Exhibition Game)

From jump you could tell that there would be nothing friendly about Team USA’s matchup against the Spanish National Team in Sunday’s Pre World Championship Exhibition Game and by halftime Marc Gasol and Kevin Durrant’s chest to chest confrontation comfirmed it. Both teams seemed to be out to prove they were the better squad then the other but neither seemed willing to give up without a fight.

Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the 1st quarter but Spain battled the entire game to eventually take its first lead in the 1:30 of the game. A dribble drive lay up by former University of Memphis/ current Chicago Bull  guard Derrick Rose and a game saving block by Team USA’s leader Kevin Durant sealed the deal in what could very possibly be a preview of the 2010 FIBA World Championship Game.

Though Spain ended up on the losing end of things 2 players with ties to the Memphis Grizzlies showed up huge for the National Powerhouse. Current Grizzlies Center Marc Gasol played big in the middle with 17 points and former (they might still be paying him) Grizzlies Point Guard Juan Carlos Navaro lead Spain with 20 points in the loss, including a 3 pointer that gave Spain the lead  for the second time with 27 seconds left to play.

Watching the game I couldn’t help but think how good the Grizzlies might be playing Navaro or Rubio at the point with the current roster they have. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . ( Still Dreaming)


August 22, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 World Championships, Grizzlies, Marc Gasol, Marc Gasol, Memphis Tigers, NBA, NCAA Basketball, Players, Scores, Team USA

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