Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Is There Any Doubters?

(Boulder-CO) Team USA continues to find ways to emerge victorious as they beat Team Germany 85-65 early this morning. It took perseverance against the Germans because in the breaking hours of Wednesday morning the USA found themselves in an absolute street fight with only a one point lead after half. The USA was playing strong defense, but was having trouble finding that characteristic boost early in the game. Redundantly, Carmelo Anthony rose to the occasion when his team was in need and led all scorers, recorded the most steals, and chipped in on the boards. Leaving me with one question for the basketball world. Is there any doubters out there who think that Carmelo is not the MVP of this team?

Anthony scored 19 points, swiped three steals, snared four rebounds, and only had two turnovers in the 24 minutes he played. He was also instrumental in the 27-13 run the USA put on the Germans in the third period. The USA put together a very similar run against the Australians and such runs have been their calling card in these championships.

The United States will be facing off against Greece on Friday in the second of the two semi-finals. On the other side of the bracket the other two undefeated teams, Spain and Argentina, will face when the ball is thrown up in the air for the tip-off prior to the USA and Greece.

Other players of note were Chris Bosh with ten points, seven rebounds, and a block while going 4-5 from the field and LeBron James with 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists despite turning the ball over a team-high seven times.

2 comments:

Teddy BallGame said...

Nugg Doc,

This is Teddy BallGame and i hail from the city of Cleveland, Ohio...However, i am a bonfide Nuggets fan-since they landed the ultimate Syracuse hoop-alum of all time. "Melo" is the truth and there has never been a doubt in my mind regarding b-ball supremacy-especially between Melo and Bron Bron...Bron is certainly a beast athletically but in terms of pure b-ball skills-its not even close. Inside-Outside, strong post moves, the Melo step back, the lethal jab step, finishing at the rim and in terms of dunking on people (not Delonte West or Damon Jones but folks like Theo Ratliff and Yao Ming) melo has Bron Bron beat there too. I am glad to see that he is getting recognition for the baller that he is---As i have said many times in C-town, the thing that separates Melo from Bron is the "dawg" or "killer instinct" in him--sometimes being too corporate wont allow you to do the things you need to do...off to grad school- GO Team USA.

Nugg Doctor said...

Thanks for the shout Teddy, and I agree. I don't dislike LBJ at all, but I do get sick and tired of the, what I call, the "Lebron can do no wrong" syndrome that so many folks out there are suffering from. The guy had seven turnys in a game where the USA could almost have not afforded them, but I have heard nothing about it. In fact, I'm the only one that I know of that even mentioned it...

The Nugg Doctor