Why Kevin Durant and Team USA Have Been Successful in the 2010 FIBA Championship

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Why Kevin Durant and Team USA Have Been Successful in the 2010 FIBA Championship
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Durant has provided much of the scoring, defense, and enthusiasm that make the 2010 Team USA so formidable.

There were a lot of doubts concerning Team USA going into the FIBA 2010 Tournaments.  We've heard them hashed and rehashed so many times that we know them by heart:

Could the team be relevant and competitive in the absence of marquee names?

Would the unexpected injuries to David Lee, Kendrick Perkins, Amare Stoudemire, and Brook Lopez render Team USA undersized and ineffective?

Would they suffer a 40 minute mental lapse in a one-and-done game that would keep them out of the competition?

And most recently, would the apparent lack of focus on offense and defense impede their ability to beat more experienced and disciplined teams?

As we know, the superficially motley crew has met and exceeded all expectations to this point, the most recent of which being a hard-fought but decisive battle against the juggernaut Team Russia, which was large, athletic, and physical at every position.

Now, as they prepare for their elimination game against Lithuania on Saturday, September 10th, I think it is time to stop focusing on the negatives concerning this team:  their caliber, size, experience, or focus; and open our eyes to how they have been able to remain undefeated.

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