Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Jack of All Trades, Call Him ’Melo

(Boulder-CO) The USA Basketball team continues to roll over opponents with the addition of today’s trounce of Slovenia 114-95. Among statistical leaders was once again the Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony. ’Melo continues to contribute in a barrage of methods by scoring 14 points, pulling three boards, and sleuthing three steals. All in a accustomed 21 minutes of play delegated by Coach K.

Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 20 points, and surprisingly, Kirk Hinrich was the top rebounder for the USA with seven. Chris Paul added nine dimes as the USA looked dominating from the opening tip.

The USA faces off with Italy at 6:30 AM ET Wednesday. Getting up this early has been tough, but watching the USA seemingly return to dominance makes it worth it. Both teams are undefeated so far in these 2006 FIBA championships. Italy is coming off a victory over Senegal 64-56 today. It will be important for Team USA to dictate the tempo of this match-up with Italy. The USA comes in averaging 115.3 points per game in these FIBA Championships. While Italy only averages 76.

2 comments:

Ninam4840 said...

Doc,
I would like to know how , overall you believe that Melo really made a difference to the team in these rounds of games?

I hope he brings his mentality back with him to the Nuggets and we take it all this year!

Nugg Doctor said...

Nina,

Melo has acted as the leader of this team. When Italy was all over the USA like a bad rash, Melo ignited the team with a steal that lead to a 10-0 run. He does these types of things that get everyone involved. It never hurts to be playing with great players either.

I share your ideas about the Nuggets taking it all this year but we will have to wait and see...

The Nugg Doctor