Second Unit Success Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams put aside their future borough rivalry for a huge spark off the bench for the USA side on Tuesday evening against a 55 point underdog in Tunisia. After Coach K yanked the entire first team after a lack luster performance in the first quarter, he quickly went to his entire second unit in Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguadala, and Kevin Love whose high energy, defensive aggressiveness and physical dominance helped to wake up the American side and once again bring notice to the rest of the world of which team is here to win gold.
Coach K was so pleased with the performance of this unit that he even went with them to start the second half and it payed massive dividends as Team USA opened the half on a 21-3 run to blow the game open and get back to a comfortable position. Kevin Durant, the USA starting forward had this to say, ”That was a great lift, man. That’s the best thing about this team, there’s no drop off,” said Durant. “We’ve got All-Stars off the bench. Those guys did a great job for us.”
To me, this is why this team is unbeatable, regardless of the lack of size, because on any given night someone is bound to take off for a high scoring performance. On this given evening it showed how even when the brightest stars in the sports world may not be on their A game, there are perennial all stars who are ready to fill right in and take the reigns as leader for the night.