Aug 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard Kyrie Irving (10) controls the ball in front of Puerto Rico forward Alexander Franklin (6) during the first quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA VS Turkey: Preview

Team USA clashes with Turkey this afternoon in a rematch of the 2010 FIBA World Championship final.

I am sure Team USA wishes to see a bit more of a test from Omer Asik‘s squad, given the fact that yesterday’s game against Finland was a terrible mismatch.  (Finland: stick to hockey and Angry Birds, thanks.)

Problem is, this year’s team from Turkey does not resemble to team that made it to the 2010 championship game very much.  Sure, Asik will be prowling the paint, but Hedo Turkoglu and Enes Kanter are no longer playing for the squad, and the Turks barely beat New Zealand yesterday.

Besides, even when Turkey had those players back in 2010, Team USA still beat them 81-64.  It’s not like the first match was a nail-biter, so this one should be over by the end of the first half.

I hate making predictions like that, but if you watched Team USA swarm the court yesterday against Finland, you would understand my confidence.  It would take no less than seven Team USA players getting severely injured to allow any team in Pool C to even dream of pulling off an upset.  My pick: Team USA routs Turkey, 106-70.

If you want to catch the action, tune in to ESPN for the 3:30 game, or head over to ESPN3.com to stream the game on your computer or whatever the hell you use!  You can also tune into NBA TV tonight at 8:30 to watch the tape-delayed broadcast.

Enjoy!

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