In another dominant display of athleticism and skill, Team USA routed Tunisia l10-63. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love led the way scoring 16 a piece, and Anthony Davis finally saw more action, scoring 12 points on some pretty lobs.
But while the result was expected, the US continued their trend of struggling early. Tunisia—considered one of the weakest teams in the Olympics—got a couple of early leads as the US seemed lethargic and uninterested. Their defense was lazy and settled for long jumpers once again, shooting 0-8 from three. Coach Mike Krzyzewski took out the entire starting five about halfway through the opening quarter, and the US only led 21-15 by the end of it.
They finally found their stride in the third, outscoring Tunisia 39-14 and blowing the game wide open. Their defense tightened up and the jumpers started to fall, the US shooting 40% (10-25) from long range by the final buzzer. Tunisia shot 35% (9-26).
So while the US continues to assert its basketball dominance, there are still flaws in early execution, something that may prove problematic when the US faces more accomplished teams like Argentina or Spain.
Team USA will take the floor again Thursday against Nigeria, who beat Tunisia 60-56.