No need to worry about getting fined in Rio.
Paul George didn’t hold back after Team USA’s 98-88 win over Australia yesterday during group play at the Rio Olympics.
George and the United States were tested for the first time in these Olympics while it was Australia’s physical play being the main reason the game remained close for so long.
And George didn’t love Australia’s style of play.
“We knew we were going to get their best,” said George, who started for the first time here but had just five points in 17 minutes. “It was an adjustment for us. This game kind of got out of hand with the chippy (play) and the physical play. We knew that coming in. This team has a knack for being a little dirty. I thought the second half we did a good job of just matching it.”
The only way a lot of these other countries are going to be able to keep up with the U.S. is with some dirty play. They’ve got to make the game ugly and hope to frustrate the Americans. That worked for a little yesterday, but Team USA’s talent eventually won out.
Carmelo Anthony led the way with 31 points and nine 3-pointers while George started his first game in Rio, but scored only five points in 17 minutes.
Team USA will close out group play with two more games against Serbia tomorrow and France on Sunday. Australia beat both of them already while its tough performance against the U.S. may have woken up the Americans a little bit.