The FIBA World Championship 2010 schedule is already well under way. The Americans are two games into the FIBA World Championship 2010, and are already proving to be FIBA World Championship favorites. Of course, the USA was expected to blow past Croatia and Slovenia on the first two days, and they have done just that. Yet it is not always easy to be a heavy favorite, as Spain learned yesterday afternoon. Thus far in the FIBA World Championship 2010, the favorites and upstarts are feeling each other out.
America got off to a big start by defeating Croatia yesterday, 106-78. After a tight first quarter, the USA pulled away with a 26-6 advantage in the second. But they had little time to rest, as they came right back out against Slovenia this morning.
The second game on the FIBA World Championship 2010 schedule went just as smoothly for the USA. Their 99-77 victory was highlighted by Kevin Durant’s 22 points, and Kevin Love’s 11 rebounds. In this case, the Americans jumped to a double digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Although the USA breezed through the first two days, other FIBA World Championship 2010 favorites aren’t so lucky. Spain, which won the title four years ago, and nearly beat the U.S. in a recent exhibition, fell to France in their first matchup. The 72-66 defeat comes too early to ruin Spain, but it could serve as a valuable wakeup call.
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Argentina narrowly escaped Germany yesterday, 78-74, and looks for an easier time today against Australia. Greece held off China, 89-81, although the Chinese rallied back today against the Ivory Coast. Aside from the Americans, Lithuania is the only 2-0 team in the FIBA World Championship 2010 bracket right now, after two wins against New Zealand and Canada.
For the USA, they stand to get their first early test tomorrow against Brazil, which defeated Iran and faces Croatia today. The U.S. has started out well, yet the preliminary round might not be the true test of their championship potential. However, Spain has provided an early example in how not to overlook anybody.
The rest of the day on the FIBA World Championship 2010 schedule has matchups like Spain vs New Zealand, Greece vs Puerto Rico, and host Turkey vs Russia. Tomorrow, the Americans will get the prime time spotlight against Brazil, although the game is on at 2:30 pm est in the U.S.
FIBA.com- “2010 FIBA World Championship Schedule”
NBC Sports- “Team USA struggles a bit before leaving Slovenia in the dust”