Team USA just played basketball without worrying about any political agenda on Wednesday. Their recent win against Iran just put them at top spot in Group B with just a game against winless Tunisia left before the knockout rounds.
The United States and Iran set aside political tension between their countries by playing clean basketball that resulted to an expected win for Team USA, 88-51. Perhaps the most physical part of the game involved some playful banging between Memphis Grizzlies teammates Rudy Gay of the US and Iranian center Hamed Haddadi.
Unlike in their previous game against Brazil wherein the starters worked real hard for a 70-68 squeaker, the reserves played better this time as they did a clinical demolition of the Asian champions using their advantage in athletic abilities.
Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose led scorers on the American side with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively while Hamed Haddadi paced Iran with 19 points.
The United States will need more contributions from their bench to make it deeper into the medal rounds. Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose have been the more consistent performers so far but they need more players to step up.