In a rematch of the 2008 Olympic Finals, the London 2012 game showed much of the same.
Spain trying to control the pace of the game and use the height advantage with the Gasol brothers, while Team USA tried to push transition basketball and use its superior athleticism.
Both teams had their moments in which they managed to impose their game plan, but the deeper bench of the Americans was clearly wearing the Spaniards down.
As every Hollywood celebrity, captain of industry, royalty, and high profile politician seemed to be in the gym tonight there was relatively little involvement from the crowd, that mainly watched a tactical game with relatively little entertainment value. But after all, this was not a circus act but the Olympic final. Teams USA played not to lose, and Spain played to not to lose with too much.
As fatigue started to play a role and the concentration level dropped, one of the Spanish stars, Juan Carlos Navarro, started to stack up turn-overs, bad decisions, and displayed an even worse shot selection. It was during these crucial moments that Team USA started to pull away and could eventually cruise control to the Gold Medal.
In a much more dominant fashion the women’s Team USA had done the same one day earlier in which they crushed France with 86-50. No team ever came close to Team USA at these Olympic and also not at the previous Olympic or at the previous international FIBA competition for that matter.
Women’s Team USA has not lost in the Olympic group stage since women’s basketball was first introduced, and has only lost one single Olympic game in the last 30 years!!
Therefore, it is the women’s US Basketball team that should be called the “Dream Team”.