USA Basketball’s win over Brazil on Saturday was about the return of Derrick Rose, who played in front of his hometown crowd for the first time in almost nine months.
It was also about Anthony Davis, and the way he flew around the court to make things impossibly difficult for the opposition.
But other players chipped in their share of highlights, and Stephen Curry had the crowd engaged with his 3-of-3 first quarter shooting.
Curry’s stroke appears effortless most of the time, but the ball-handling on display in his third shot of the period, where he went behind the back and through the legs with the dribble before hitting a step-back long two over his defender was truly something special.
Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)
The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.
Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.
Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation
This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.