VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Kevin Seraphin and Boris Diaw of France look dejected during the EuroBasket 2011 second round group E match between France and Spain at Siemens Arena on September 11, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Kevin Seraphin's breakout party at the 2012 Olympics didn't exactly get off to a roaring start on Sunday. The Washington Wizards' center played just seven and a half minutes in France's 98-71 loss to Team USA, robbing us of the chance to see him go toe-to-toe with the world's best team.
Truth be told, though, Seraphin has himself to blame for a lot of that. He entered midway through the first quarter and quickly picked up two fouls in his three minutes of court time. While I personally would have let Seraphin play through those fouls, France elected to instead sit him and bring in Ali Traore, who showed some nice post moves in the second quarter. Seraphin later entered the game with things out of reach in the third quarter and promptly picked up two more fouls. Once again, he had to be lifted for Traore.
Besides the fouls, Seraphin looked pretty good. He showed a couple nice post moves, hitting a turnaround jumper over Kevin Love, and he looked very athletic trying to dunk off a pick and roll in the third quarter. He missed, but I liked the leaping ability he showed. But for him to really show his stuff, he has to fix the foul issues.
Earlier, Nene scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in 21 minutes off the bench in Brazil's 75-71 win over Australia. I haven't watched this game yet, but those numbers don't surprise me. Nene's not asked to be a scorer in Brazil's system. Instead, he's used to bang bodies, set screens and roll to the rim. I wouldn't judge his performance by his individual statistics.