Biggest Storylines to Emerge from First Weekend of 2014 FIBA World Cup

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Biggest Storylines to Emerge from First Weekend of 2014 FIBA World Cup
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We've had two days of FIBA World Cup action, and it's already clear this tournament isn't going to stick to the script.

That's not to say a dark-horse club is going to come out of nowhere and stun the basketball world with a deep run; Team USA and Spain remain a notch above the rest of the competition. But we're learning that these teams are all taking the tournament very seriously, and even the squads who suffered deflating beatdowns on Day 1 had the resolve to rally on Day 2.

These clubs are competing, which has resulted in a spirited first weekend of group play that will set the tone for the coming contests.

It's too early to say definitive trends have developed, though we're seeing hints of a few narratives that could stick around throughout the tournament. Team USA showed exactly the kind of malaise-based weakness we expected might crop up, and Andray Blatche has developed into the competition's most enjoyable sideshow.

Here's a breakdown of the need-to-know and fun-to-watch angles from the World Cup's opening weekend.

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