Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Even though opponents have only averaged 76.3 PPG against Spain in the Olympics, Spain has struggled on defense.
Luol Deng and Joel Freeland, Great Britain's two best players, combined to score 51 points and make 20 of their 39 shots. Overall, Great Britain shot 44.6 percent from the field, and they raised their FG percentage substantially in the second half.
Fernandez and Calderon know how to score and pass, as I mentioned in the last slide. Spain's backcourt is easily the second-best in the Olympics, although they would be even stronger if they could defend better. Both have had trouble contesting shots, and opposing players have gotten some great looks. Yi Jianlian of China scored 30 points against Spain.
In the last nine minutes, Britain scored 29 points (13 of them by Deng). Spain led by six with about 30 seconds left, and the game appeared to be over. However, Nate Reinking, Daniel Clark and Deng each made a three, and all of the sudden, Spain's lead was just one point.
If the Spaniards can't defend better, they will have a lot of trouble if they face Team USA or even Argentina. The Americans shattered an Olympic record by scoring 156 points against Nigeria, and they shot over 71 percent from the field and 63 percent from beyond the arc. If Spain can't defend the Americans, they will get blown out.
As a matter of fact, if they play this kind of defense, most teams will blow them out.