In a rematch of their earlier exhibition game, Team USA faced off against the Dominican Republic yesterday on Day 5 of the FIBA World Cup. Presumably the DR was looking for vengeance after the previous game's drubbing at the hands of the red, white and blue. Did they get it?
No, no they did not. Team USA won convincingly 106 to 71.
The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan once again got in on the action, playing 18 minutes and posting totals of 11 points (on 5 of 8 shooting) with 2 rebounds and 2 assists, but balanced against 5 (!) turnovers.
He also tomahawk jammed a basketball into next week:
I mean, yowza.
I'll admit that these Team USA updates are becoming rather perfunctory. The team rolls in, does a little shock and awe, and saunters out with its poor opponents left reeling in the wake of their basketball disaster. In this case, Francisco Garcia, the ostensible leader of the Dominican Republic squad, didn't even play. It's as if he foresaw the coming massacre.
In any case, DeRozan had some words after the game. Please note his absolute calm:
DeRozan says mistakes were made. This is coming from a man who just recently ripped a hole in the space time continuum with a reality-bending dunk.
Good luck, rest of the world.