USA vs. Great Britain: Team USA Will Bounce Back from Lackluster Win over Brazil

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12:  Kevin Durant #5, Carmelo Anthony #15 and Kobe Bryant #10 of the US Men's Senior National Team chat on the sideline during a pre-Olympic exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States won the game 113-59.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Many fans expect Team USA to dominate all of its international competition on the way to Olympic gold.

However, after an unimpressive 80-69 exhibition victory over Brazil, those fans may need to alter their expectations. 

USA was beaten up on the inside by Brazil's front line, which is laden with NBA talent.

Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, who started at center and power forward, respectively, combined for just six points and five rebounds.

The duo was destroyed by Tiago Splitter, Nene and Anderson Varejao, who teamed up for 26 points and 25 rebounds.

In total, Brazil smothered Team USA on the defensive boards to the tune of a 32-18 defensive rebounding advantage.

But now, USA will take on a British squad that is much thinner on the front line.

Great Britain will field five players who are 6'10" or taller, but with the loss of Charlotte center Byron Mullens, none of those five players have made an NBA roster.

Unlike against Brazil, Team USA should be able to assert its will not only on the perimeter and on the drive, but in the post as well.

This should be a perfect opportunity for Team USA to figure things out down low against a front line that is nowhere near as talented as the one presented by Brazil.

In fact, this also may be the perfect opportunity to continue to ease No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis into international play.

The future New Orleans Hornet did not play against Brazil, but going forward, he may be needed to fortify the American frontcourt, especially against a team like Spain.

Fortunately, Team USA won't see Spain and the Gasol brothers in pool play, but you can bet the 2008 silver medalists will come calling at some point in London.

If the American forwards haven't figured things out by then, it could spell trouble for Team USA's gold medal hopes.

Great Britain has some height to be dealt with, but it lacks the talent up front that USA saw against Brazil or will see against Spain.

Aside from up front, the American squad should be able to torch the lesser British squad.

Without Mullens and Charlotte shooting guard Ben Gordon, Great Britain has only one NBA player on its roster—Chicago's Luol Deng.  

Brazil won the battle down low, but the American athleticism proved to be too much, as NBA MVP LeBron James netted 30 points to lead Team USA.

If Brazil couldn't beat Team USA with four NBA players, there is no way Team GB will with only one.

Team USA will likely have LeBron, who is one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA, guard Deng and limit his production, turning the lights out on the British offense. 

Meanwhile, the American offense should be able to click on all cylinders and look more like the well-oiled machine we saw against the Dominican Republic.

Great Britain will be a perfect bounce-back game for the Team USA to regain its form offensively and the perfect opportunity for the frontcourt to regain its confidence.