3 Lessons Spain Taught Team USA About a Small Lineup

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3 Lessons Spain Taught Team USA About a Small Lineup
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Even before a friendly matchup between Team USA and Spain was played, it was well documented that the American squad suffered from a vitamin A deficiency.

Against a Spanish team that prominently featured a trio of fellow NBA post players in Serge Ibaka, Pau and Marc Gasol, the Stars and Stripes countered with Tyson Chandler, doses of Kevin Love and a relief appearance by Anthony Davis.

While they managed to come from behind and claim a 100-78 victory against the world’s second-best team, the Spaniards sat Marc Gasol due to a left shoulder injury and backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez.

If Team USA hopes to schedule a consecutive meeting with Spain in the gold-medal game of 2012 Olympics, they’ll need to avoid these issues with their small lineup.

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