Monday, 23 August 2010


U.S. national basketball team player Kevin Durant (L) drives for the basket as he is defended by Lithuania's Paulius Jankanus during a friendly game in Madrid August 21, 2010. The U.S.A. basketball team is in Madrid to play two friendly games against Lithuania and Spain in preparation for the upcoming Basketball World Championships in Turkey later this month.  REUTERS/Paul Hanna (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Kevin Durant,the poster boy for this years USA team delivered on Sunday as he lifted his nation past Spain. America just edged the talented Spanish side 86-85. Durant had two decisive blocks in the final seconds to claim the victory for the United States. Kevin's game changing plays came on both Spanish wonder kid Ricky Rubio and current disgruntled Portland star Rudy Fernandez. Although this game was merely a warm up for the World Championships the heat and intensity was turned on between two of the best international sides in the world. The USA not only had Kevin Durant to thank but Syracuse Coach Jim Boheim too. Team USA switched their defensive strategy to Coach Boheims trademark 'Orange' 2-3 Zone. This change was key to the success of America's defensive play. The hero on the court Kevin Durant had a terrific night with a double, double of 25 points and 10 Rebounds.

Apr. 07, 2010 - Toronto, ONTARIO, CANADA - epa02107868 Toronto Raptors Jose Calderon watches his team play the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Toronto Canada on 07 April 2010. The Celtics defeated the Raptors 115-104.

To add injury to insult for Spain they have now lost their speedy guard Jose Calderon to injury. A torn muscle in his leg unfortunately will keep him out of the forthcoming World Championships. The Toronto Raptors guard injured himself in the last few minutes of Spain's loss against the USA. Spain now face another loss, in their speed, tenacity and passing. This Spanish side has plenty of talent however, guys like Gasol, Fernandez and Rubio will pick up the pace. Don't siesta on this side.

Mar. 27, 2010 - Toronto, CANADA - TORONTO (CANADA), 26/03/2010.- Toronto Raptors player Chris Bosh (R) tries to stop Nene (L) of Denver Nuggets during their NBA Basketball League game played in Toronto, Canada on 26 March 2010.

Keeping with the World Championships, but also unfortunately keeping the topic on injury, another NBA/international star will also miss the upcoming championships. Denver Nuggets and Brazil centre Nenê Hilário is suffering with inflammation in both his legs. Nenê had to be taken out of a friendly against France after just a quarters worth of Basketball. The big mans absence will be a big loss to Brazil. Nenê is not only so strong and a presence in the paint, he also has so much heart and is a presence in the lockeroom. This inspirational player will be replaced by João Paulo Batista who was part of last years Brazil side that won the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico. Nenê's loss is the second setback this talented Brazil side have had to endure regarding their post players as they also lost Cleveland Cavalier power forward/center Anderson Varejao to an ankle sprain. Ouch!

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