The New York Knicks have been represented well in these Olympic Games with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The two Knicks are currently playing in exhibition games and they participated in their fourth today against Argentina. Chandler and Anthony have had experience in international play, and they understand the importance of exhibition games.
These matches allow the team to get adjusted to the style of international games and gets the squad use to hostile crowds. Argentina is ranked third in the world rankings, meaning USA will likely face them down the road. Having a chance to play a dangerous team like Argentina will only help Team USA prepare for the games.
USA opened the game extremely well and everything was going its way. Chandler was anchoring the team in the paint and his length was something the opponent could not handle. Luis Scola had to guard Chandler on one end and he had to find a way to score over him on the other. As a result, the new Dallas Maverick became very frustrated as Chandler made his life a nightmare.
As for USA, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant were knocking down everything, from everywhere. Their three point shots were flawless and USA went up by 20 points very quickly. It seemed as though USA would walk away with a commanding win, but Argentina did not back down.
Eventually, the shots stopped falling down and USA had a tendency to settle with outside jumpers. Carmelo Anthony played well for Team USA, but he had trouble hitting his shots. Eventually, Argentina cut the lead down to seven and caused a little panic on USA's side.
However, in the second half USA went back to what got them the lead. Chandler continued with his stellar defensive play and that created easy shots for USA on the other end. Durant and Kobe never let their guard down and they were once again the go-to-men for the squad.
Argentina gained a little steam in the fourth quarter to get back into the game. but USA held on. LeBron James stepped his game up in the final period with his scoring and passing abilities. James was not very active with the ball in the first half, but he was completely involved when the game mattered the most.
Even though USA's offense became a little stagnant in the fourth quarter, it used its star power to beat Argentina. The pick-and-roll was something USA had trouble defending and that allowed Argentina to get easy shots in the paint. Nevertheless, USA's stars came up clutch when the team needed it the most. Chris Paul and Kevin Durant hit key threes in the final minute and they closed out the game.
Once the final buzzer rang, Team USA won 86-80 and stayed undefeated in exhibition play.
Carmelo Anthony finished the game with four points and five rebounds and Tyson Chandler grabbed in seven rebounds.