Why it’s time to temper expectations for Team USA
RIO DE JANEIRO — Kyrie Irving lost his balance after catching the pass, feet slipping out from under him as embarrassment loomed. Diving and bracing for a soft landing, Irving spotted Kevin Durant streaking out of the corner of his eye and realized he could still make a play. Before face-planting on the court, Irving tossed the ball underhand toward the rim, within range for the long-limbed Durant to complete the improbable alley-oop dunk.
“It was perfect. I didn’t think he’d seen me,” Durant said of the most spectacular play of the United States’ third straight narrow escape, a 100-97 victory over Tony Parker-less France.