Daily News - September 5, 2014
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USA Wraps Up Pool Play With 95-71 Win Over Ukraine
"BILBAO, Spain (Sept. 4, 2014) -- The USA (5-0) wrapped up its preliminary-round play with a 95-71 win against Ukraine (2-3) on Thursday evening at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain. After a first-quarter fight that saw Ukraine take a five-point lead at the first break, the USA battled back to secure control of the game and led 44-32 at halftime and 69-53 at the third-quarter intermission.
The USA will take on Mexico (2-3), the No. 4 seed from Group D, in the round of 16 on Sept. 6 (time TBD) in Barcelona, Spain.
“I thought we got off to a very slow start offensively,” said USA coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University). “Steph's (Curry) right, I thought our defense was good throughout until we got a pretty good lead. They were 1-for-13 from 3, we really wanted to take away their 3-point shooting and I thought we did that until later." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Kyrie Irving escapes injury after fall in Team USA victory
Author: Jason Lloyd
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal
"Kyrie Irving appears to have escaped an injury scare relatively unscathed during Team USA’s 95-71 victory against Ukraine in Thursday’s World Cup preliminary round.
Irving landed hard on his tailbone and remained on the ground for several moments before he was helped off the court and limped to the locker room late in the game. Irving told ESPN after the game the fall looked worse than it was and wrote on his Twitter account he’s fine." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving OK after fall in FIBA World Cup game
Author: Bob Finnan
Publication: News-Herald/Morning Journal
"Cavaliers fans have been on pins and needles worrying about point guard Kyrie Irving staying healthy in the FIBA World Cup.
Well, they got a major scare on Sept. 4 when Irving crashed to the floor with 1:12 left in Team USA’s 95-71 victory over Ukraine.
The 22-year-old Irving got up by himself and walked to the bench. He was holding his lower back." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cavaliers Notes: Kyrie Irving OK after scary fall at FIBA World Cup
Author: Rick Noland
Publication: Medina Gazette
"Cavs fans first held their breath, then breathed a sigh of relief.
Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a hard fall Thursday with 1:12 to go in Team USA’s 95-71 rout of Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup in Bilbao, Spain.
Irving, who landed awkwardly after driving to the hoop through two Ukraine defenders and attempting to pass, eventually limped off with the help of trainers while holding his lower back. He suffered what Team USA officials called a hip injury, but coach Mike Krzyzewski, also Irving’s coach at Duke, said the 22-year-old was expected to be all right." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Irving says he's OK after hard fall during Team USA game
Author: Connor Kiesel
Publication: FOX Sports Ohio
"Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving put a bit of a scare into some fans when he hobbled off the court late in Team USA's 95-71 win over Ukraine Thursday.
As Irving went to the hoop and had his shot blocked, he appeared to slip on the court and then grimaced as he landed hard on his back. Irving needed assistance walking off the court but he followed up after the game on social media saying there's no need to worry." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
USA closes out group play with win over Fratello, Ukraine
Author: Brian Mahoney/Associated Press
"BILBAO, Spain (AP) -- The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
The only thing standing between them and Barcelona was a game against Ukraine, and it took them a little while to get into it.
The U.S. national team eventually pulled away to win it and finish pool play unbeaten, getting 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory Thursday at the Basketball World Cup." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Americans perfect in pool play
Author: Marc Stein
"BILBAO, Spain -- Even after a summer of mass defections and one horrendous injury suffered by Paul George, Team USA still has a squad that essentially no one outside of the host country wants to play at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
That was the clear message on a wild final Thursday in pool play throughout Spain, when Australia barely used its best players in a loss to eliminated Angola that ensured that the Aussies would stay out of the United States' path until the semifinals at the earliest.
And that was before Team USA even took the floor at the Bilbao Exhibition Center to post a 95-71 victory over Ukraine and seal a 5-0 record in Group C that clinched a Round of 16 matchup Saturday with Mexico." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Should Ray Allen join the Cavaliers? Examining the sharpshooter's options
Author: Chris Johnson
Publication: Sports Illustrated
"Ray Allen will not play forever. As strange as it is to imagine a league where Allen is not uncorking that perfect, compact shooting motion and mechanically burying corner threes, there’s a chance he’s logged his final season. Speaking to the Hartford Courant at a youth basketball camp last month, Allen sounded at ease with the prospect of calling it quits. "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes." If Allen, an unrestricted free agent, does decide he wants to play at least one more season, he will not have any issues finding a team willing to take him." - CLICK HERE to read full story.