2010 FIBA World Championship Games are underway in Turkey. The first 2010 FIBA World Championship Game for Team USA was against Croatia, and the United States made very quick work of them. Team USA was even able to rest some of their best players after holding the Croatian team to just six points in the second quarter, helping them take a 22 point lead into halftime. The final score was 106-78 in favor of the United States, which does show that not only does Team USA still have some work to do, but that Croatia is getting a bit better in basketball as a country. That seems to be a common theme around the world, and it could make this a very tough tournament to just sweep through for Team USA.
Kevin Durant led the way for Team USA, notching 14 points on 5-11 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Big man Kevin Love went for 10 rebounds and seven points off the bench, and Eric Gordon chipped in another 13 points behind three three-pointers off the bench. It was a balanced attack for Team USA on Saturday, with all 12 players on the roster scoring at least four points on the night. Every player also took at least three shots, and it really shows that Coach K has this team moving the ball around on the court. With a team that has talented point guards out on the court at all times, that might not seem like the toughest thing to do, but there is never a guarantee that the people on the court are going to gel.
By the end of the USA vs. Croatia game, Team USA has led the game 20 to seven in assists, and they did it with only seven turnovers during the contest. That might have been the most impressive statistic of the night, because you can miss a few shots, but you cannot keep turning the ball over if you want to meet with a lot of success at this level of basketball. It was also a marked difference from a lot of the run-and-gun basketball that Team USA had been playing in their exhibition matches over the past few weeks. When it finally came to games that counted on Saturday, Team USA showed up with a lot of poise and self control, and that is the most valuable asset they could have in the remaining pool games. That will be important as they play five games in six days to open the tournament.