USA Basketball vs Ukraine: Game Grades, Analysis for FIBA World Cup 2014 Matchup

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USA Basketball vs Ukraine: Game Grades, Analysis for FIBA World Cup 2014 Matchup
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James Harden had a nice effort in Team USA's win over Ukraine.

Team USA kept its unblemished record in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup after topping Ukraine in its final game of group-play action. The Americans captured the contest 95-71 in what was a yet another one-sided affair.

The Americans actually trailed after one quarter in this one, with Ukraine getting out to a 19-14 lead. However, it didn't last very long, with Team USA outscoring the Ukrainians 30-13 in the second frame and 81-52 over the final three quarters.

Team USA had six players reach double figures, led by James Harden, who finished with a game-high 17 points. For Ukraine, three players reached double figures, with Slava Kravtsov chipping in a team-high 15 points in the loss.

 

USA Grades

James Harden: A+

Kyrie Irving: A+

Stephen Curry: A

Kenneth Faried: B+

Anthony Davis: B+

Rest of Team: B

 

Ukraine Grades

Slava Kravtsov: B+

Ihor Zaytsev: B

Eugene "Pooh" Jeter: C

Maxym Kornienko: C-

Oleksandr Lypovyy: C-

Rest of Team: D

 

James Harden: A+

Harden had a solid all-around game for the Americans, filling up the box score with 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in the win. 

The guard also pressured the Ukraine defense throughout the game with his ability to attack the basket. As he often does in the NBA, he was a frequent visitor to the free-throw line, attempting five shots from the charity stripe in his 24 minutes of action.

 

Kyrie Irving: A+ 

Irving did a nice job running the Team USA offense in this one, as he was able to get his teammates involved, along with generating some offense of his own. The point guard finished the game with 11 points, six assists and four steals in the victory.

However, Irving took a hard fall in the fourth quarter, coming down directly on his right hip. It'll be a situation to monitor going forward, as he had to be helped off the court.

 

Stephen Curry: A

As any NBA fan can tell you, Curry is one of the best shooters in the world. He had that on display throughout the game, but perhaps it was best exemplified during the second quarter when Curry hit one from way beyond the arc. 

The Golden State Warrior finished the game with 14 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal. He was also 3-of-4 shooting from downtown and made all five of his free-throw attempts.

 

Kenneth Faried: B+

Faried's most memorable play in this one was a putback dunk in the fourth quarter on a missed shot by DeMarcus Cousins, with the power forward coming down the lane and emphatically slamming it home:

The Manimal finished the game with 10 points, a game-high eight rebounds, two blocked shots and one assist.

 

Anthony Davis: B+

Davis really came on in the second half for Team USA. The big man filled up the box score as he always seems to do, finishing the game with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot in his 21 minutes of action. 

 

Rest of Team: B

Team USA didn't need a whole lot from its bench, yet it still got a few solid performances. Cousins finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Fellow Northern Californian Klay Thompson also contributed seven points and four assists.

 

Slava Kravtsov: B+

Kravtsov had the best performance by far for Ukraine. He finished the game with a team-high 15 points and four rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

The center also had an efficient game for the Ukrainians, as he made 5-of-7 field-goal attempts and was able to get to the line on a regular basis, hitting 5-of-7 free-throw attempts.

 

Ihor Zaytsev: B

Zaytsev came alive for Ukraine in the second half. He ended up finishing the game with 11 points and three rebounds. He also made 4-of-6 field goals and 2-of-3 three-point attempts for Ukraine.

 

Pooh Jeter: C

After finishing the first half with four points and one assist, Jeter really got it going in the second half, scoring nine points, dishing out one assist and getting a steal.

The former Sacramento King ended up finishing the game with 13 points, two assists and four rebounds in his 28 minutes of action.

He also displayed his blazing speed in the open court in this one, which is what he's known for. It makes sense considering his sister, Carmelita Jeter, is a three-time Olympic medalist, winning the gold in the 4x100-meter relay at the London Olympics, as well as the silver in the 100-meter dash in London.

 

Oleksandr Lypovyy: C-

Perhaps his most memorable play was a drive he had in the fourth quarter, as the guard took Kyrie Irving off the dribble before banking it off the glass for the layup. Lypovyy finished the game with six points, two rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action.

 

Maxym Kornienko: C-

Kornienko was Ukraine's most active player on the boards. The power forward finished the game with a team-high six rebounds. He also chipped in four points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor in 25 minutes.

 

Rest of Team: D

The rest of Ukraine's team didn't contribute too much. It was led in scoring by Dmytro Zabirchenko, who finished the game with seven points. Olexandr Mishula also contributed six points and four assists, although he was only 2-of-10 shooting from the field.

 

Coming up Next

The elimination round gets underway on Sept. 6. By virtue of winning Group C, Team USA will take on the fourth-place team from Group D on Sept. 6. As for Ukraine, it's on the bubble to move on or get knocked out at the end of group play, so we'll have to see what happens based on the results of the remainder of today's games. 

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