The United States Olympic Basketball team made history two days ago in their 156-73 victory over Nigeria. It was the biggest margin of victory in U.S. Olympic history and they set a ton of records along the way.
The most notable record was the amount of threes they made. Team USA made 29-of-46 threes in the game, shattering their previous record of 13 made threes in a game back in 2008 vs. Spain.
It was a game where nothing looked like it could go wrong for the U.S. That was most evident in Carmelo Anthony’s play who scored a U.S. Olympic record 37 points including a special performance from three, making 10-of-12 in the game.
The U.S. played an unbeatable game against Nigeria, one that they will likely never repeat but nonetheless did show just how talented they are.
Things will get tougher for the United States beginning this morning as they take on Lithuania, hoping to improve to 4-0 in Olympic play and take a strangle hold in their pool.
Lithuania will be tougher than their last two opponents, Tunisia and Nigeria, but the U.S. should still easily come out on top. The Lithuanians are going to have an extremely hard time matching up with the athleticism of Team USA.
Lithuania will hope to slow the game down, execute their offense and force the U.S. to take a lot of threes over their zone. That may be the game plan to beat Team USA but they showed in their last game that forcing them to shoot a lot of threes may not be the greatest idea.