USA Basketball's campaign for gold at the 2012 London Olympics is off to a flying start, thanks to a 98-71 win over a talented French team on Sunday.
As tidy as the final margin was, though, Team USA's effort was far from perfect. They hit just 43.1 percent of their shots from the field, committed a whopping 26 fouls, turned the ball over 14 times and held but a one-point lead over Les Bleus in the second quarter.
Not that anyone should "pooh-pooh" the Red, White and Blue's efforts. They shared the ball surprisingly well (21 assists on 31 made baskets), held France under 40 percent shooting from the field and dominated the battle of the boards, 49-33.
Still, tougher tests lay ahead for Team USA. Bigger, more rugged and more internationally cohesive squads like Argentina, Brazil and Spain figure to put the Americans on notice in due time.
What, then, can Mike Krzyzewski's squad do to ensure that its stockpile of talent translates to a spot atop the podium in August?