A Cleveland Cavaliers player used the Tokyo Olympics to find a rhythm after a down season.
And he won’t win a medal.
Slovenia will play the France-Italy winner in the other semifinal.
This is how it should often be for Team USA – a comparison between its potential 12th man and the opponent’s best player. A massive talent advantage allows the Americans to overcome their limited chemistry/familiarity with international rules and style.
After falling behind Tuesday, the United States tightened its defense, kept the ball moving and started making open shots. Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (12 points, five assists and a steal) filled his role, and Suns guard Devin Booker (nine rebounds, five assists and three steals) excelled as a hustler player.
And of course the U.S. got a healthy dose of Durant to really exploit its talent advantage.