The United States vs. Brazil game today presents an interesting match-up for Team USA. The United States vs. Brazil game will be broadcast live on ESPN, and it will really give the new incarnation of Team USA a chance to be seen on a national scale. The 2010 FIBA World Championships might have snuck up on some people back in the States, especially with the huge time difference, but Team USA already played two games this past weekend in pool play. They are now 2-0, with wins over Croatia and Slovenia, but those were also teams that they were supposed to beat easily.
On Monday, Team USA gets to take on a Brazil team that is also undefeated so far at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, and it could be their first challenge at the tournament. Team USA had exhibition games against the likes of Greece and Spain in order to get ready for the World Championships, so they have seen talented teams pretty recently as well. Still, there is a big difference between what equates to a practice game and one that is on a national stage like the World Championships.
In their first two games at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Brazil beat Iran and Tunisia. Neither game was very close, and closely mirrors the success that Team USA found against their first two opponents. Brazil could stand a strong chance of advancing out of the pool play if they can continue to play this well, but they may also need to play well against the United States in order to keep the energy alive. One of the leaders for Brazil is NBA point guard Leandro Barbosa, who will definitely be looking to come up big against the United States on Monday. An upset probably isn’t brewing, but Team USA doesn’t have the height that it has had before, which always allowed them to control the paint.
Coverage of the Brazil vs. USA game will begin at 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EST) on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. ESPN as well as ESPN3.com will have the game live, and it could present fans with their first look at the 2010 version of Team USA. This is a team that has been led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook so far, with strong performances coming from Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves off the bench. The team struggled with turnovers in their game against Slovenia, so hopefully Coach K has them ready to keep the ball under control Monday.