Stephen Curry spoke about how the USA’s strength on defence proved a key factor in overcoming Turkey on Sunday night. Curry also looked ahead to Tuesday’s opponent, New Zealand, who he said would bring energy against the USA.
Anthony Davis spoke to the media after the USA’s win over Turkey on day 2 of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Davis said he was frustrated by his first half performance and that drove him to be more aggressive after the interval. He also spoke of how USA didn’t come out “ready to play” and that they can’t afford to do that if they want to win the gold medal.
Team USA entered its second outing in Bilbao on the back of a crushing win over Finland. Turkey were in mood to make the road to 2-0 smooth as the 12 Giant Men brought the fight with an organised game, writes Emmet Ryan.
Well this started ominously. A Kenneth Faried dunk followed by a big block by Anthony Davis showed the USA’s intentions early. Omer Asik however was of the mood to bring it to his New Orleans Pelicans team-mate inside, getting some nice work done to give Turkey an early advantage. The early Turkish lead was unexpected and Twitter responded in kind by expressing shock, then Faried responded in a more practical matter by finishing off an alley-oop from Stephen Curry. This was Faried’s show early, just past the mid-way point of the quarter he blocked Baris Hersek and charged up the floor for a lay-up. Turkey however showed no signs of being intimidated by their more storied opponents and hung in their through the opening frame, with the sides level 16-16.
Mike Fratello spoke with the media after Ukraine’s 81-76 defeat at the hands of Finland on Sunday. He reflected on the game and looked ahead to Tuesday’s clash with Turkey.
BiE asked Fratello after the press conference to give his thoughts on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the youngest player at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and one who had a big impact on this game.
The boys with the banner may have been a touch over-confident but Ukraine knew they were entering the lion’s den on Sunday as once more Bilbao became Helsinki South. A third quarter barrage by Finland put Mike Fratello’s charges in a deep hole. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led a spirited comeback but the Finns stood tall and hung on through the fourth to take their first win of the World Cup. Emmet Ryan was on the scene.
The tone was set early. This place was loud and it was pro Finland. Shawn Huff three. Place erupts. Ukraine stopped on next possession. Place gets louder. Another score for the Finns. The seats rattle. It took a Pooh Jeter score to end a solid minute of Finnish fury in the stands. Far more importantly, Huff made a second three, and then a third, to force Mike Fratello to call a timeout. If the Finns were going to pull the upset here they needed threes and steals from the off. Whereas on Saturday he was stoic until the final frame, the Ukraine coach was already geeing up his players early in this one. The atmosphere was hostile, Jeter stared down Sasu Salin with with a wall of Susijengi behind him. Jeter cuts, drives, bucket and the foul. Sergii Glady and Oleksandr Lypovyy took the hint and made threes to give Ukraine’s offence the lift it needed. Jeter then found Gladyr outside for another three but he went down hard without contact. At the end of the first Ukraine had survived the early surge to take a 22-20 lead.