Derrick Rose was a game time decision to play last night against the Dominican Republic. He did not play and he was not needed as Team USA routed the Dominican Republic 105-62.
Kyrie Irving started in place of Rose and played really well. He hit all five of his shots, scoring 12 points and dishing out five assist. James Harden scored a quick 12 points as well. Anthony Davis had a couple of blocks and knocked down some shots but it was not the dominate performance he had against Brazil.
The game was a blow out early so the starters only played about 17 minutes apiece. Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 13 points. Gordon Hayward even got some playing time although he did not touch the ball a lot. Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Mason Plumlee were the only Americans who did not play.
Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins did see time together as Drummond scored 12 points. Drummond was the more active player between the two as Cousins still has a bruised knee.
After the game coach Mike Krzyzewski said there will be no roster cuts before Friday’s game against Puerto Rico. All 16 players will still be on the roster and I think that’s a good thing. “I’m sure we’ll do something before we leave the country on Saturday,” Krzyzewski said.
The final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until Aug. 29. Team USA still needs another big man and I believe they want to see how Cousins will play on Friday before making a decision. DeRozan’s good game should help him going forward as Chandler Parsons has not played much in the exhibition games.
Overall they looked better in this game. The defensive activity of Kyrie Irving and James Harden was still impressive to see. They knocked down 10 threes this game compared to only hitting four in the game against Brazil. The game was out of hand early so we still have yet to see how this team will respond in a tight game.