Sure, Team USA squeaked by Nigeria with an 83-point victory filled with so many three-pointers that it wouldn’t surprise me if scorekeepers actually couldn’t keep track of how many they made and just decided on “I don’t know … 29?” at the end of the game. But that doesn’t mean everything went 100 percent according to plan. In fact, I’ve found two very glaring mistakes that need to be addressed if the United States hopes to medal in men’s Olympic basketball.
The first, as you can see, is quite obvious to the naked eye — James Harden got his ankles broken and a three-pointer in his face by Nigerian point guard Tony Skinn. I’m guessing his teammates will probably have something to say about this.
The second mistake is a lot more subtle. See if you can pick it up.
If you can’t tell why these guys are getting their chuckle on, look closely at Anthony Davis’ chest. Underneath that warmup, you’ll notice there’s no jersey. That wasn’t a problem in the first two games for Team USA, but when you’re up by 30 in the first half and a coach sends you to check in for your first pre-halftime action of the Olympics, forgetting your jersey is quite the error. And judging by Kevin Love’s face, the funniest thing on Earth. He’s never laughed so hard in his life.
So yeah, two pretty big mistakes by Team USA. If they’re hoping to lock down the gold medal in London, they can’t be falling all over the place and forgetting their clothes. Those are Donyell Marshall mistakes, not the kind of things that should be happening to the best basketball teams in the world. Get it together, slackers.