Team USA has another exhibition game tonight against the Dominican Republic. Here are my five predictions going into that game.
1. Anthony Davis will have a repeat performance
Anthony Davis played really well against Brazil. He was making plays on both ends of the floor and was clearly the leader for Team USA. He is on his way to becoming a superstar and he will show that in every game throughout the FIBA World Cup. Expect Davis to have another dominate performance, showing us his improved range, defending the rim and running the floor.
2. DeMarcus Cousins will play
DeMarcus Cousins was hurt and missed the game against Brazil. Right now he says he’s 50-50 for tonight’s game. I expect Cousins to play and to show why he belongs on this team. He might not play a lot but he will be effective while he is in there. This team could use another center and he gives them a different look when Davis is not in the game.
3. No DNPs, Everyone will see the floor
Gordon Hayward, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond were DNP-CD last game. They sat on the bench the entire game while Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver and Chandler Parsons saw limited time. With roster cuts coming Thursday after the game I think everyone will play tonight because Team USA still needs to fill out their roster. DeRozan and Lillard need to be outstanding to make the team while I believe Andre Drummond will be cut no matter how well he plays.
4. Hayward, Parsons and Korver
These three guys will see the floor a lot because they are fighting for the last spots. Two of the three will be chosen. Gordon Hayward is the best ball handler/play maker among the three. Chandler Parsons is a stretch four who will be asked to guard bigger players and Kyle Korver is the best shooter. One of these guys will be the 12th man on the roster.
5. Derrick Rose will be limited
He has had some days off recently. I think they just want to give him some rest because he has been playing so hard since Vegas training camp. He will come off the bench, show some flashes but he won’t play a lot. I believe his knees are fine and they don’t want to work him to much before the competition. He has been on an emotional rollercoaster especially after playing in Chicago recently.