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Slow Starts: While Thursday's thumping of Ukraine seemed up to snuff, the Americans once again stumbled clumsily out of the gate. What’s more, it’s not the first time it’s happened—slow starts have been something of an uneasy hallmark dating back to a few of the team’s pre-FIBA exhibition games.
Against teams as disciplined and mutually familiar as Spain, Greece, Brazil or Argentina, this kind of cavalier comeback will by no means be a given.
Heir Apparent: Heading into Team USA training camp, Anthony Davis was already viewed as the squad's breakout-ready star. Through five round-robin tilts, the New Orleans Pelicans star hasn't disappointed, registering 15.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 63 percent shooting from the floor.
Speed, Speed, Speed: With Kevin Durant and LeBron James both opting to forgo FIBA runs, Team USA has a bit of a conundrum on its hands: How, exactly, is it going to find consistent scoring?
One of Krzyzewski's answers: Use his team's peerless length and athleticism to disrupt opposing offenses and get out in transition. The results have been something of a revelation, with Team USA leading the tournament in turnovers forced.
A Rose Is Not a Rose: After looking every bit the former MVP during the team's brief training camp, Derrick Rose has struggled to find his groove through Team USA's first five games. The results: 5.4 points and 2.4 assists on a woeful 25 percent shooting from the field.
With Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry there to help man the floor general position, Krzyzewski doesn't necessarily need Rose to be at his rust-free best. Sooner or later, though, the stiffer competition is going to call for something other than forgettable stat lines.