In its historic manhandling of Nigeria on Thursday, the U.S. Men's basketball team was decidedly impressive: 71 percent shooting from the field, 63 percent from three, a record 156 total points and a U.S. record 37 points from Carmelo Anthony. It was a near flawless performance for the Americans. Key words: "near flawless."
There was one noticeable blemish on the day. It happened in the second quarter when Nigeria's Tony Skinn pulled a nifty move that caused Team USA's James Harden to lose his balance:
By everyone's definition, it looks like Harden was the victim of a slick crossover dribble. Everyone except Harden himself, that is. When New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith called him out, The Bearded One had the excuses ready:
Sounds like Harden is in denial.
But let's settle this once and for all: Skinn quickly switched his dribble between hands. Regardless of bad shoes or a slippery floor, it still caught Harden off balance. Harden subsequently fell to the ground doing the splits.
Harden got crossed over.
End of story.
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