As I watched the Australian Boomers get out to a 10pt first quarter lead, I kept thinking this is too good to be true. The great shooting continued through the 2nd and to a lesser extent in the 3rd quarter. Iverson nailed several 3s as USA started to come back and Australia held a 3pt lead going into the final term.
The 4th quarter was a joke from an Australian point of view. Our weakside defense was non-existant as LeBron and Marion continously scored along the baseline. The offense was even worse, Shane Heal (Australian Captain) became a black hole and our coach refused to make changes to players that had been playing well earlier in the game.
For team USA, I thought Duncan and Iverson really kept them in the game throughout the first 3 periods. Dwayne Wade caused havok getting into the lane repeatedly and Marion was the recipient on a number of baseline plays.
Marbury was shocking, his defense was so pathetic at points I was amazed Brown left him out there for so long. Jefferson continued his woeful tournament.
It's only a matter of time before Andrew Bogut, Australia's 19year old starting Centre makes the NBA, he put on another solid showing tonight. Matt Neilsen, currently trailing with the Nuggets also played fairly well before fouling out.
How absolutely random was the officiating for that game? Countless offensive foul calls on both teams, many which left the commentators scratching their heads wondering wtf was going on.
Oh and LeBron really has mastered that indignant look.