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Spain and the United States are just on a different level from the rest of the field, and it showed during their respective openers.
Technically, we're not really any gleaning any important information from the two routs, but rather confirming the dominance.
For Team USA, Anthony Davis was a stud, hitting mid-range jumpers and finishing around the basket. Derrick Rose threw down a huge dunk, James Harden couldn't be kept away from the rim and Klay Thompson proved he's one of the world's best shooters. But it was the defense that stood out above all else.
During the 114-55 victory, the Americans actually held Finland to two points in the second quarter—two, as in one more than one and one less than three.
The Finnish shooters went ice-cold, hounded by suffocating defense, and they got their only points of those 10 minutes at the charity stripe. Not a single shot from the field went through the bottom of the net as Petteri Koponen faced constant pressure, and that essentially served as a microcosm of the game as a whole.
Meanwhile, the Spaniards just took it to Iran, finishing with a 90-60 victory.
Led by 33 points and eight rebounds from Pau Gasol, the silver medalists from the 2012 London Olympics left no doubt about their own dominance. Just imagine how much better they'd have looked if Ricky Rubio hadn't struggled with his shot to such an extent (1-of-4 from the field and 1-of-6 at the line) and Serge Ibaka's pesky hamstring hadn't kept him sidelined.
"It's a hamstring, so you need to be careful," the Oklahoma City Thunder big man told NBA.com's John Schuhmann after the game, also noting that he might have to sit out during Spain's next outing as well.
Fortunately for the Spaniards, Ibaka won't exactly be needed for a little while.