August 9, 2016, 12:04 am
With the Olympic games in full swing, this Rio edition of the dish will recap all of the exciting action from Monday’s games. With the Americans, French and Australians all in action it set up to be a great day of ball. Here’s your Tuesday daily dish.
U.S.A. 113, VENEZUELA 69
The main attraction at the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament is clearly the American team. While not as daunting as say the original Dream Team, and missing arguably five of the top 10 players in the game (Curry, James, Westbrook, Leonard and Davis) this American team is not only designed to win, but to do so in dominating fashion.
To no one’s surprise the Americans obliterated their Venezuelan opponents to the tune of 113-69. Leading the way for the U.S. was forward Paul George who scored 20 points in 20 minutes of action. George shot 6-of-7 from the field and collected four rebounds.
Kevin Durant (5-of-5 FG) chipped in with 17 points in a game-high 25 minutes of action. DeAndre Jordan just missed a double-double scoring 14 points (6-of-7 FG) while adding nine rebounds.
Rounding out the double-digit scoring for the Americans were Jimmy Butler (17 points) and Carmelo Anthony (14 points).
Every U.S. player played at least seven minutes in this one and their dominance should continue on Wednesday when they square off against an impressive but inferior Australian team.
John Fox (6-of-20, 19 points) and Gregory Echenique (6-of-7, 18 points) led an over-matched Venezuelan team. To the surprise of many, the score at the end of the first quarter was actually tied at 18, however, that jubilation was short lived as the Americans would outscore Venezuela 30-8 in the second quarter to emphatically dash any hopes of an underdog victory. The loss dropped the Venezuelans to 0-2 and they will be hard pressed to advance past the group phase. They get China on Wednesday.