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Links: Kevin Seraphin factors little into France's 98-71 drubbing by Team USA

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Hey look, this is the one bucket I scored Sunday. Still pretty nice, eh?
Hey look, this is the one bucket I scored Sunday. Still pretty nice, eh?

AMERICA!!!! links:

  • LeBron James and Kevin Durant led Team USA to a resounding 98-71 victory over France in their first Olympic contest that really counted. Durant scored a game-high 22 points while James dished out nine assists, and even Kevin Love stepped up big, scoring 14 points in as many minutes. Someone who didn't step up big for France was Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin, who in eight minutes on the court recorded more fouls (four) than points (three) on 1-of-5 shooting to go with one rebound and one block. [SB Nation | SI | ESPN | Yahoo! Sports | Washington Post]
  • Even less exciting for Wizards fans is that Yi Jianlian (Remember him? Of course you do) scored 30 points and grabbed 12 boards for China in a 97-81 loss against Spain. Yep. [CSN Washington]
  • Mike breaks down Seraphin's fouls troubles against Team USA and explains why it's difficult to gauge Nene's play for Brazil by the box score. [Us]
  • Here are quick recaps of the rest of Sunday's Olympic men's basketball games. [ESPN]
  • A number of NBAers starred during yesterday's games. Dan Devine recognizes those who shined brightest. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Mike Wilbon writes that Tyson Chandler is "the one player [Team USA] can least afford to lose," and as ridiculous as that might initially sound, he's probably right. If Chandler were to get hurt, who mans the middle for the Americans? Kevin Love? Anthony Davis? Shoot, LeBron might be the best option. Oof. [ESPN]
  • Having moved on from their loss to James in the NBA Finals, the Thunder's Big Three are now focused on winning a gold medal as his teammates. [SI]
  • Sporting a gimp wrist and sore back, Luol Deng is giving it his all for England, which harbored his family after it fled his native Sudan. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • But despite his efforts, Deng's British team got pounded by Russia 95-75, thanks largely to the 35 points poured in by Andrei Kirilenko, newly-signed with the Timberwolves after one year spent away from the NBA. [SI]
  • Why am I having trouble feeling sorry for NBA owners who want to kill Olympic basketball because they don't have enough control over the format? [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Patrick Ewing says the 1992 Dream Team would have beaten Team USA "10 [times] out of 10." Anyone starting to think that if the Americans fail to win the gold, Michael Jordan and Co. might just pop some champagne? [SI]
  • Brave NBA fan. You will let me know when that Dwight Howard stops screaming, won't you? [Fox Sports Ohio | SI]
  • Could Mike D'Antoni end up on the college sidelines? [Arizona Republic]