In what was one of the biggest moments/upsets in not just Olympic Basketball history, but maybe basketball history period, Team Nigeria was able to pull off the upset as 30 point underdogs against a loaded Team USA squad.
Gabe Vincent ( Miami Heat PG) led the way for Nigeria with 21 PTS on 6-8 from three, while Caleb Agada (Hapoel Beer Sheva SF) had his own standout performance with 17 PTS on 7-10 from the field, and 3-3 from three. Those performances probably made each of them some serious cash. Look for Agada on the Denver Nuggets Summer League team, and if he performs anything like he did tonight, he’ll most likely find himself a home on an NBA Roster.
For Team USA, their loaded roster may have hurt them more than it helped, as they struggled to find an identity throughout the game.
Kevin Durant led Team USA with 17 points, followed by Jayson Tatum with 15. Durant struggled mightily, going 2-11 with 7 points before turning it on late in the fourth quarter and hitting two threes and a few free throws to hit 17.
If Team USA wishes to win gold once again, they need to find their identity on the offensive and defensive end. Though they did turn up the defensive pressure towards the end, they allowed Nigeria to hit 21 3’s, and you won’t win many games letting your opponents do that.
As a proud American, it hurt seeing Team USA lose, but as a basketball fan, that was one heck of a game and a part of history that I’ll be glad to say I witnessed one day. Even if it was just an exhibition.