Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Considered a potential sleeper to medal, Russia opened some eyes with an impressive start to the Olympics. The performance shouldn't be lost on NBA teams, either. Andrei Kirilenko and Alexsey Shved look to build on their strong opening performance when they face China in a Group B game on Tuesday. Facing a Britain team eager to put on a strong showing as the Games' host country, Russia had no trouble matching its intensity and cruised to a 95-75 victory on Sunday. Russia, which won one game and finished in ninth place at the Beijing Games, had to like what it saw from Kirilenko and Shved. Kirilenko finished with 35 points on 14-of-17 shooting, while Shved added 16 points and 13 assists. Both will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season after signing contracts last week. "If I'm the Minnesota Timberwolves, I have a big, fat smile on my face," Russian coach David Blatt said. Kirilenko, better known for his defense during his 10 years with the Utah Jazz from 2001-11, loo...
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