United States men romp past China 119-62 in Olympic basketball opener

Monday, 15 Aug, 2016

The American starting lineup consisted of Durant, Cousins, Anthony, Klay Thompson and Kyre Irving. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Carmelo Anthony and more better be ready when US takes on China on August 6.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Demarcus Cousins added 17 for the win. Those opinions won't change after this performance.

Olympic Basketball and the NBA both feature four quarters of action, however the Olympic games aren't as long as what we're accustomed to.

If team U.S. wins the gold medal in Rio, Anthony will become the most successful American in the history of Olympic basketball.

While this United States squad is more "B Team" than "Dream Team" - with many top players, including four-time National Basketball Association MVP LeBron James and twice reigning MVP Stephen Curry, opting out - they remain the heavy favorites.

China features former National Basketball Association center Yi Jianlian and 2016 second-round draft picks Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin.

China went 2-0 up early as the United States of America missed their first five shots.

"We've got another batch of guys that's walking around on the streets saying they want to win a gold medal and we all have something in common", Durant said.

"I feel like that's where our real identity stands", said Irving, who finished with 12 points.

Team USA returns to Group A play on Monday when they face Venezuela.

This is still a long shot, but this is the weakest U.S. roster since 2004 which does not say much because the team is still loaded with talent.

With James, Stephen Curry, James Harden and other top scorers - apart from Kevin Durant - declining to play, Melo should get a lot of playing time and the chance to set a few more records.

"We just wanted to send a statement to the rest of the world", Anthony said. "The last time I was on a boat was in 2004 in Athens when we stayed on the Queen Mary".

The easy punchline would be to say the only five teams that won't embarrass themselves against the US are the five teams that don't have to face them, but seriously, let's take a look at some of the reasonably formidable challengers. I think it helped our country to enjoy what we're feeling now. He may end up being their most valuable player this summer. They went 5-0 on their exhibition tour, averaging 102.8 point and overwhelming their opponents by 43 per game.