USA vs. Turkey FIBA World Cup: Game Grades, Analysis for Team USA vs 12 Dev Adam

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2014

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The United States national team improved to 2-0 after defeating Turkey 98-77 on the second day of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Kenneth Faried led Team USA with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Anthony Davis added 19 more.

After an outstanding performance in a 59-point rout of Finland, the United States took its sweet time to pull away from Turkey. The team settled for outside jumpers instead of attacking the paint—a Turkish strategy that worked to perfection.

Until Faried and Davis took over, that is.

Defensively, the Stars and Stripes were decent, holding Turkey to 46.4 percent from the field and forcing 27 turnovers. Most importantly, the Group C matchup provided a necessary wake-up call for the United States.

Team USA Grades

Kenneth Faried: A
Anthony Davis: A
Kyrie Irving: B-
Stephen Curry: C
Rest of Team: C+


Kenneth Faried: A

Team USA needed energy, and the power forward brought it. After netting three early buckets, Faried was active on both ends of the floor, accounting for a game-high 22 points.

In addition to his eight rebounds, Faried racked up three steals and two blocks while consistently staying active on fastbreak opportunities.

Anthony Davis: A

Davis scored all 19 of his points during a superb second half, and his third quarter dive for a rebound sparked a 17-1 run that gave Team USA a lead it never relinquished.

Alongside Faried, the Unibrow's intensity both offensively and defensively were crucial factors in the United States distancing itself form Turkey.

Kyrie Irving: B-

Kyrie Irving rode a proverbial roller coaster against Turkey. The point guard registered five quick points and an assist, but slow defensive movement, a couple turnovers and a technical foul were obvious negatives on Irving.

He finished the outing with 13 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Stephen Curry: C

BILBAO, SPAIN - AUGUST 31: Stephen Curry #4 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team fights for the ball against Cedi Osman #4 the Turkey Basketball Men's National Team during the 2014 FIBA World Cup at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao Exhibition Centre on August
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Stephen Curry missed a handful of three-pointers against Finland, and his 1-of-4 start Sunday was less than promising. The sharpshooter buried his next two triples, but Curry launched a few deep jumpers that were poor decisions.

Though he remained aggressive on the defensive end with five steals, Curry had a second straight overall dud.

Rest of Team: C+

James Harden played great defense, then he played terrible defense. Granted, such is life with the southpaw, and he finished with 14 points, seven assists and three steals.

Klay Thompson connected on 2-of-7 attempts beyond the arc, but his shot selection was forced at times. Although he missed all four shots, Derrick Rose looked respectable in limited minutes.

Faried's performance sent DeMarcus Cousins to the bench during meaningful action, but Boogie managed 11 points. Rudy Gay had a forgettable day, committing four turnovers and two personal fouls.


Coming Up Next:

The United States gets one rest day before facing New Zealand (0-2) on Sept. 2 at 11:30 a.m., which will be broadcast on ESPN2.