Team USA is now one win away from their first World Championship gold medal after routing Lithuania 89-74 behind a U.S.-record 38 points from
• His 38 points improved the previous best of 35 points by
• His 14 field goals set a new record, bettering the previous record of 13 which was set by five players, last done by
• His 25 attempted field goals set a new record, bettering the previous mark of 21 set by
• He tied a USA record for 3-point field goals attempted with 12, the mark was originally set by
If the U.S. can win the gold medal on Sunday, the 22-year old Durant will have done what LeBron, Wade and Anthony could not do in 2006. If he's not the best player in the world now, it's just a matter of when, not if, he is.
Defensively he has been even better. Raptors forward
"It's the leadership," said Colangelo. "It's the infrastructure that he and I spoke about way back when, when he and I talked about him being the guy I wanted to coach the team. We had to put infrastructure in place and it's there and it's played out every day. With the staff, with the preparation, with the film sessions, with the scouting, with the motivation that is part of this whole thing, the communication. It's the way it should be. It's a real program."
Indeed, while many of the U.S. players were eager to join this team, the novelty of playing for your country can wear off if you don't see eye to eye with the coach. But Krzyzewski has found roles for virtually every member of the roster and convinced them -- as he did with the team in '08 -- that accepting those roles are for the good of the team.
"He really understands the professional game more than any college coach I have been around, especially to not have coached on the pro level before," said