The defense doesn't rest

Bill's Rant

August 15, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

The U.S. men's basketball team is proving in Beijing what every coach from pee-wee hoops to the big guys has known all along.

Defense will conquer all.

The Americans have struggled with their three-point shooting and even their free throws, but their defense has been spectacular.

Against Greece, which beat the United States in the world championships two years ago, the Americans helped force 25 turnovers yesterday. The U.S. had 15 steals and seven blocked shots. Greece, meanwhile, had just four steals and one blocked shot.

The result: United States 92, Greece 69. With the victory, the U.S. qualified for the medal round and will play defending world champion Spain in a game tomorrow that will determine seeding.

So, do you think this lesson about defense might carry over into the next NBA season?

Me neither.

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