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USA Beats Greece, 92-69

[Live blogging the U.S.-Greece men's basketball game]

Here's how you know when the Redeem Salim Teamers have clinched victory in the Olympics this time around: when Tayshaun Prince peels off the warm-ups. Today, that moment came with 6:33 left in the game. The lineup for much of the fourth quarter included Prince, Michael Redd, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams. That's as close to the scrubs as it gets on this team. And yet when they score, the starters wave their towels like they're cheering for some walk-on from Sioux City.

The drab fourth quarter was livened up by an exciting dance act featuring inflatable mascots, Chinese cheerleaders AND Eastern European cheerleaders, all performing at one time to the music of J-Lo. The crowd liked that one. But, for the fourth straight quarter, the arena relied only on one small group of Greek fans for any sort of consistent noise. The Chinese basketball fan, or at least the one inside the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, just does not believe in between-basket noise-making.

U.S. scourge Vassilis Spanoulis (and his first name is spelled about eight different ways in official material, so forgive me if you don't like the one I've chosen) had 14 points, but only one teammate reached double digits: center Theodoros Papaloukas with 15. Chris Bosh and Kobe Bryant led the Americans with 18 each, while Dwyane Wade had 17.

Random basketball celebrity sighting: Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt.

After their win, the Americans all gathered at center court for a group huddle. Chris Bosh was last, and he threw his towel into the circle. Then he and Dwight Howard did some sort of private power rangers deal. Will explore.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2008; 9:36 AM ET
Categories:  NBA , Olympics  
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Doubters, where are you??? I don't want to put the cart before the horse but I recall some of you doubters predicting doomsday. Can we all finally agree that this is not the same team from 06. And basing our expectations on the 06 results is pointless.
Spain will be a tougher out but I think this team has proven today that we should at least give them the benefit of the doubt!

Posted by: Kobekidd | August 14, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Greece couldn't beat us with 6 starters... check the box score

Posted by: Nagoose | August 14, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

might quiet in here.....

Posted by: J | August 14, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with people.Total American churlishness with respect to the wonderful presentation of the Chinese Games is unacceptable and obviously tainted with jealousy. Human Rights appear to have been suddenly invented by USA in respect of a country formerly run by warlords turning upon the Chinese ethnic community who have invested so much there -making it accessable.Now Black entries in the media ( with the taint of drug use in the background ) are downgrading the value of gold won by white entries.Put a cap on it!

Posted by: Malachy McAnespie | August 14, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The USA Dunkadelic-Crew of Kobe, LeBron & Co. are zoned in to winning the gold medal. There is no doubt that if these guys make shots and play team defense there is no international team on this planet who can beat them. It is what it is. The world has gotten better and the US has gotten hungrier.

Posted by: Dunkadelic TV | August 14, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Like I said yesterday, nothing against Greece, but I predicted a spankin'! And my how this area cleaned out. Wheres everyone from yesterday? Please tell me how bad team USA! is. I'm waiting!!!

Posted by: Branden | August 14, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: do do | August 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Again, need more Michael Redd and far less Melo and Kidd.

Posted by: JDP | August 14, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how with a little winning the haters all of the sudden lose their internet connection, weird(haha!).

Posted by: Kobekidd | August 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Jason Kidd in street clothes = Redeem Team Gold medal

Posted by: Stalk Much? | August 14, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

great defense today from team usa. Miracles don't happen everyday. but hey, that's why they're so amazing when they happen. Don't forget that if you put together the salaries of all the greek players, you will maybe reach about half of what kobe earns. See you in the final team usa (if you make it there this time :D).

Posted by: bill | August 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Well hello there Mr. Malachy McAnespie! What a fine grasp of the English Language you have! (I know, I know, we've been remiss in not grabbing naming rights - the "American Language" sounds so much better, at least until we sell the rights and end up with the "American Language brought to you by ExxonMobil") It's a sad day indeed when we step beyond our traditional USA! USA! USA! breadth of Olympic expression to address pesky domestic and international issues of the host country; issues (like executing Tibetan women with assault rifles, arming Sudanese Arabs conducting genocide in Darfur, beating up journalists who have the temerity to record protests per the IOC-China press agreement, etc.) that have a nasty tendency of ending up much debated in our culture of free expression. You should ask your local government official about this wild and wacky concept!

Oh yeah, this is a thread on our basketball team's victory over Greece - yet another heartwarming step in our journey of redemption.


Posted by: Rob Iola | August 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The difference between the 06 team & this one is DEFENSE. You know they can score but now they're going to D u up & I don't think they focused on that in the past...D-Wade is getting steals, Labron is blocking everything close to the rim, and Kobe is going to shut you down PERIOD. Oh & if you manage to get by those guys than Bosh or Howard will be there to Greet you. All the 06 guys on this team are better today than they were then and they're playing with a chip on there shoulders. D-Wade is been a beast because after last year everyone said he was done. This team is on a mission & I don't think anyone will be able to stop them...Spain might play them close but USA will not be beat.

Posted by: Ed | August 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I would like to suggest an absolute my father taught me at the ripe old age of 5 years:


Let's not gloat because we have won this time - the thing is not over and if we should end up with the 'Gold'we must remember that those we trample now we may have to face again in the future and the result can quickly be reversed.

Posted by: dharper | August 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

We played the complete game. They tried to take Kidd out of the picture early on with the fouls, but CP came in and took over how things were run. LeBron and Kobe have set the tone for the team. "Get on someone and stay on them like white on rice." They know they can score at any time. It goes without saying really, but what I am liking is the new mentality that, "You can't win if you can't score." If we keep this going no one stands a chance, not even Spain, who may have the closest chance of hanging with us. It is a team game and we are truly playing like a team. USA baby!!!

Posted by: Capone1094 | August 14, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse


WE P I C K N' R O L L ED...

Posted by: chris(sunbathinginsantorini) | August 14, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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