Team USA was back in action after a day off, and they easily handled New Zealand, 98-71, to move to 3-0 in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The stars were once again Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, who combined for 36 points and 20 rebounds.
Six players scored in double figures for Team USA, but Derrick Rose wasn't one of them. After a complete dud of a performance against Turkey, Rose again struggled to find his rhythm offensively, finishing with three points on 1-of-6 shooting. He added two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block.
Rose hit his first shot of the game, a pull-up mid-range jumper in transition that's a shot I would love to see him hit with consistency next season. Russell Westbrook makes a killing using his pull-up jumper, and while I wouldn't want to see Rose completely fall in love with it, it's important for him to establish that shot again as a major weapon.
The rest of Rose's game was simply meh, as he missed both three-pointers he took and again struggled to finish around the basket. He started the second half in place of Kyrie Irving, but the results weren't all that different.
On a more positive note, Rose did make a few nice defensive plays and continues to do a nice job harassing ballhandlers as they bring the ball up the floor. The Bulls guard also didn't commit a single turnover in the game, and of course, he stayed healthy despite one spill that made me cringe.
It'll be interesting to see how the Team USA coaching staff handles Rose against the Dominican Republic tomorrow. It'll be the middle of a back-to-back-to-back set, and they might not want to overextend him. Rose missed the exhibition against the Dominican Republic, but I'm not expecting him to sit out Wednesday's game entirely.