Posted by John Schuhmann
NEW YORK — It was Day 2 of USA Basketball training camp in New York, and once again the media caught some scrimmage action against the Select Team.
The Senior Team was down two players, with Danny Granger out with an injured ring finger and Rajon Rondo back in Kentucky mourning the death of his uncle.
Granger’s X-rays were negative, but he’ll undergo an MRI tonight to help determine the extent of the injury. Rondo is expected back tonight and will be on the court tomorrow when the team tips off the World Basketball Festival at Radio City Music Hall.
Yesterday, they played shortened, six-minute scrimmages. Today, it was back to 10-minute periods, and we saw 1 1/2 of them.
The Senior Team won the first 10-minute period 30-21 and the second one 26-14. Once again, we’ll start with the lineups we saw…
1. Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom
2. Billups, Westbrook, Gay, Kevin Love, Odom
3. Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Gay, Love, Chandler
4. Rose, Curry, Andre Iguodala, Love, Chandler
5. Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Gay, Durant, JaVale McGee
6. Westbrook, Gordon, Gay, Durant, Jeff Green
7. Rose, Gordon, Iguodala, Durant, Chandler
8. Rose, Curry, Iguodala, Gay, Chandler
It was a different mix than what we saw yesterday. Today, we saw Love at the four instead of the five and we saw Iguodala and Gay on the floor together (rather than one or the other with Durant).
Here’s the Senior Team scoring breakdown for the 39 points they scored while the media was in the gym: Gay had nine points. Westbrook had seven. Durant and Rose had four each. Curry, Gordon and Love had three each. Chandler, Green and Iguodala had two each.
The one negative was an 8-0 run by the Select Team in the first scrimmage we saw. Iguodala, Love and Curry all missed threes on one end, while Florida State’s Chris Singleton nailed a pair on the other. I’ve talked about how this team will be shooting a lot of threes, and in a close game against a tough international team, one or two cold streaks like that could really hurt them.
The biggest positive was a stretch of four straight turnovers that they forced in the final period. They were a product of some full-court pressure (looked like a 2-2-1 – John Wooden would be proud) and traps at the midcourt line. That was part of an 11-2 run for the Senior Team.
The highlight of the day was the final bucket. Curry picked up a loose ball in the backcourt and tossed a beautiful lead pass over the heads of two Select Teamers to Iguodala, who caught it in stride and laid it in for his two points.
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