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ATHENS, Greece -- Tim Duncan caught a pass in the opening moments of the first quarter, and found just one defender, not two, guarding him.

 

It was the first time in the Athens Olympics he had seen such a scheme, and Duncan gladly took advantage by dropping in a shot.

 

The rest of the Americans got a taste of what it was like in the good ol' days, too, finally playing an opponent they were able to beat easily, routing Angola 89-53 on Monday in their final game of the preliminary round.

 

"This was a fun game because we got to play a lot of people,'' coach Admin Brown said. "In the tournament thus far it's been hard giving guys a lot of minutes, but tonight we had an opportunity to do that and everybody played well.''

 

Duncan finished with a team-high 15 points in limited minutes, and the Americans dominated the boards Barcelona-style with a 52-17 edge in rebounding as NBA commissioner David Stern watched from a seat 10 rows behind the American bench.

 

The United States, which had already locked up a berth in the quarterfinals, awaited the results of Monday's late games to learn whether it will play Spain, Argentina or Italy on Thursday.

 

China clinched the final quarterfinal berth in Group A by upsetting Serbia-Montenegro 67-66 behind 27 points from Yao Ming. Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Greece also made it out of the preliminary round, although the matchups for the quarterfinals would not be known until after Monday night's final game.

 

"The records are out the door and it's the best team that comes to play,'' LeBron James said. "It's win three games and get the gold. If our best team shows up, we can win the gold.''

 

Angola had played well in two of its four losses, falling by just five points to Lithuania and three to Puerto Rico. But it was thoroughly outclassed this time by an American team that had yet to experience a blowout -- except in defeat.

 

The Americans grabbed 28 of the first 32 rebounds, made their first two 3-point shots and broke out their highlight-reel material to finish the preliminary round at 3-2, including losses to Puerto Rico and Lithuania.

 

Rather than use the type of tight 2-3 zone all the Americans' previous opponents used, Angola (0-5) went with a matchup zone that left Duncan in single coverage. Duncan and Allen Iverson scored the Americans' first 13 points, and the Americans had a 16-2 edge in rebounding to end the first quarter with a 23-14 lead.

 

"We kind of expected them to play man-to-man, but I didn't think it would happen,'' Duncan said. "They came out in it, and we just wanted to be aggressive against it and jump on them early.''

 

Shawn Marion took the U.S. team's first 3-point attempt 82 seconds into the second quarter and made it for a 28-14 lead, and James hit a 3 to make it 33-14.

 

"The only negative, I thought, was we turned the ball over a lot (12 times) in the first half, which has plagued us a lot in this tournament,'' Brown said.

 

The Americans were up 46-26 at halftime before Duncan scored their first six points of the third quarter, and an alley-oop reverse layup by Richard Jefferson off a pass from Iverson got the lead up to 30 less than four minutes into the second half.

 

It was 75-39 after three quarters, and Emeka Okafor, who had played a total of just two minutes in the U.S. team's first four games, was on the floor for the entire fourth quarter but failed to score.

 

James and Carlos Boozer had 11 points each and Iverson added 10.

 

Valter Monteiro led Angola with 20 points.

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Angola sucks at defense. Which is probably why they got blown. They probably didn't bother to play zone because the game didn't matter anyway. I saw the game VS Puerto Rico and they played Man On Man the whole time. Those are some quick little dudes. Still a good game for the US.

 

EDIT: Er... my bad. I should've read the article... >_>

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man on man the US team will easily exploit teams.

 

 

zone defenses and the US team will struggle because they cant shoot.

 

 

 

rocket science it isnt.

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Yes. Yes, it is. Depending on who wins and by how much tonight (PR Vs Greece), the US will either face Argentina or Italy. Eh... if I'm the US I'd rather play Italy. But that means PR would have to either play Argentina. >_

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if they play like they did on saturday against lithuania and they dont allow all those open 3's off the pick like they allowed in the 2nd half, we win this thing. we pretty much kicked lithuanias ass in the 1st half.

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ya if i'm the US i'd rather face italy also.

 

 

i need to find out what happened in that game.

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the greece- puerto rico game should be starting about now. i heard it was going to be on telemundo but they got a soccer game on right now (big surprise).

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if they play like they did on saturday against lithuania and they dont allow all those open 3's off the pick like they allowed in the 2nd half, we win this thing. we pretty much kicked lithuanias ass in the 1st half.

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ya well if the USA players would get in the grills of these players they would stand a chance of preventing the 3.

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Me, Das, Admin, Ramp, and a midget could beat Angola's hoops team, so this means nothing.

 

Should be interesting to see what happens now though as the medal rounds begin.....

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Word.

Nice to get the team back on track but it was Angola. Maybe it'll carry over though.

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So after Puerto Rico got their asses handed to them the quarterfinal bracket is finally complete...

 

Group A 1) Spain

vs.

Group B 4) USA

 

Group A 2) Italy

vs.

Group B 3) Puerto Rico

 

Group A 3) Argentina

vs.

Group B 2) Greece

 

Group A 4) China

vs.

Group B 1) Lithuania

 

Battle For 9th, 10th Place: New Zealand vs. Australia

Battle For 11th, 12th Place: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Angola

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