Jul 31, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA forward Anthony Davis (14) holds the ball in the men's preliminary game against Tunisia during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
At one point the score of this game was 35-30 -- it was a bit lopsided from that point forward. Not surprisingly, the starters came out a bit flat, playing against a team consisting of players they'd never heard of at any level. Coach K went with a completely different five man unit late in the first quarter (a unit he later started in the second half as well), and with the benefit of having watched a severely undermanned Tunisia hang around with the starters, the reserves came on and turned up the heat.
In the end the result is what we knew it would be -- an easy win for Team USA.
Watching Anthony Davis finish lob dunks in the second half made me yearn for a little Blake Griffin on this team. For all the talk of "the international game" and how Blake is maybe not a great fit, the fact remains that basketball is basketball. If Griffin can dominate in the NBA flying to the rim, he can certainly do it in international play too, as Davis did today.
With France knocking off Argentina earlier in the day, the U.S. has already taken a one game lead in Group A as the only undefeated team in the group. Next up is Nigeria (and former Clippers Al-Farouq Aminu and Ike Diogu) which should be another cakewalk for Team USA. Watching Nigeria against Lithuania today, there's simply no way they can handle Team USA's pressure defense -- it will be over early. Nigeria won't even get the luxury of facing a lackluster Team USA in the first quarter, since the start against Tunisia was likely a wake up call for the starters.
Be sure to keep an eye on SBNation's NBA site for all of the Olympic basketball coverage, including my latest column on international point guards which should get published early Wednesday morning.