The pace of the exhibitions haven't necessitated the demand for Anthony to establish himself so far, but the U.S. certainly appreciates the ability of the 6-foot-8 Anthony to post up against smaller defenders and exploit bigger ones out on the perimeter. He appeared to be preparing himself for the next week of challenges by casually taking control of this game on offense at the end of the first quarter. When the perimeter defenders created opportunities, it was Anthony who finished them, contributing a pair of threes sandwiched around two transition dunks. He wound up with 19 points, tying Deron Williams for the team lead.
In spite of the full attention of the U.S. defense, Deng led Great Britain with 25 points while refusing to surrender. He is under no illusion that his team can beat the U.S. in the Olympics; the goal is to finish in the top four in Group B and advance to the medal round. That benchmark is within reach for Deng and his fellow team leader, former NBA big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu (12 points and 9 rebounds), and his strong coaching staff, led by Chris Finch (an assistant for the Houston Rockets). Should the British finish fourth in their group behind Spain, Brazil and Russia (and ahead of Australia and China), then Deng will likely find himself in a quarterfinal rematch with the U.S. that will create enormous interest for basketball in a country that has yet to find success playing the American game. It is a worthy mission.