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The Olympic basketball opening game versus China for the United States was a win for Team USA.  The team soundly defeated the Chinese National Team 101-70.  The United States next basketball game is against Angola on Tuesday. 

There are not a lot of things that were glaring deficiencies in their opening win against China.  A notable thing they can work on will be putting the game out of reach early, within the first few minutes of the game and certainly by the end of the first half.  The ability to put away a team will be beneficial as they face difficult challenges ahead in their games.  if the game is close, their closing the game out strong or being able to go on a big run at will can provide some hard fought wins.

Carlos Boozer did not receive a lot of playing time in the game, yet that may change as the United States may need a bigger and stronger lineup depending on the match ups.  Look for Kobe Bryant and Lebron James to continue to perform well along with Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd.  The reserves such as Deron Williams and Tayshaun Prince will be counted on to prevent overplaying any player.

The U.S. Team is going to have to prepare heavily for each game and put its best effort into each game.  The Angola team is an example of one they will have to prepare for well.  Team USA might think that it will be an easy game and if that approach is overdone, the game will likely prove to be far from easy.   This article was written by the site owner and administrator of  My Baseball Card Space

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