Posted by John Schuhmann
TARRYTOWN, NY – About 16 hours after Tyson Chandler threw down the game-winner at Radio City Music Hall, the U.S. Team got back to work at the Knicks’ practice facility on Friday.
Kevin Love sat out with a bruised right calf, which he suffered in Thursday night’s scrimmage. He’s listed as day-to-day.
The other 14 remaining players were split into two groups. We saw each group play a 10-minute scrimmage against the Select Team, and combined, they crushed the college kids, 51-20.
Group 1 started Rajon Rondo, Chauncey Billups, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Tyson Chandler, with Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook coming off the bench.
They beat the Select Team 25-4 in their 10-minute scrimmage. Billups led them with nine points, all on threes. Iguodala had six points on two threes in the final minute. Durant had four points, Green had four, and Westbrook had two.
Green’s four points were a pair of dunks off feeds from Rondo and Billups.
Group 2 started Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger and Lamar Odom, with Eric Gordon and JaVale McGee coming off the bench.
They beat the Select Team 26-16. Curry and Gordon had eight points each. Granger had five, Gay had three and Odom had two.
This group was up 11-2 and then 21-7, but some of their same issues (too many threes, too many turnovers, defensive rebounding) popped up for a stretch and the Select Team went on a 9-0 run to close within five. Curry then finished the scrimmage with a nice baseline drive and a corner three (off a drive-and-kick from Gordon).
Gordon continues to shoot the ball well. If they’re going to cut him, he’s not making it easy for them.
Most of the Senior Team’s scoring today came in the half-court situations, and 33 of their 51 points came on threes. They were hot, but at times, they will need reminders to get the ball into the paint.
Next up is a closed scrimmage against China at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. Time to play someone new.
John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. Follow him on twitter.