Team USA had some struggles in its last game against Turkey before pulling away late in the contest. Derrick Rose was, um, not too good, but he played and made it through the second game of a back-to-back! Silver linings! New Zealand is up next at 10:30 a.m. CT today on ESPN2. New Zealand lost to the Dominican Republic by 13, although they did play Turkey tough on the first day of World Cup play. New Zealand doesn't have any NBA players with Steven Adams not on the roster, so Team USA will have an overwhelming talent advantage.
In other news, Pau Gasol absolutely murdered Brazil's monster frontcourt on Monday. Gasol had 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting while grabbing nine boards against a Brazil squad that features Nene, Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao. Dope.