The difference was we were -20 in the possession game. That was it. Now we are unlikely to beat the US in that area, especially with our aggressive style, but if we meet them again a -10 would give us a real chance. Some turnovers were just our non-NBA guys getting used to how quickly the US can get into the passing lanes, which can be stamped out if there is a next time.
Per possession we were clearly the better team, our offence is working a treat (thanks New Zealand!) and our D is proactive, aggressive but smart. Lemanis has really pulled together a good program over four years.
Loved the way Lemanis coached in the first half, running subs through with our staters, and I thought the bench guys did their job. Obviously Andersen was excellent, but really impressed with Goulding and Bairstow to, just did what the team needed them to do. We need Broekhoff and Lisch hitting threes, that's what they’re there for - 3 and D.
In the second half Lemanis didn’t give our starters enough short blows and they ran out of steam to win it. If there’s a next time he’s got to back those bench guys to come on for a few mins and do what they did early on.
Overall though another superb performance, let’s hope we can reproduce this level of play in the knockout rounds. It will be tough against some great teams, but with Bogut somehow jumping out of his skin we have the experience and cohesion to match anyone (even the US it now seems), particularly if Lisch and Broekhoff start hitting.