The USA Basketball Men’s National Team destroyed Lithuania in the semifinal of the 2014 FIBA World Cup today. If you haven’t been following along, two Kings players, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, are playing an important role in the tournament this summer. Cousins, in particular, has been a monster in the paint, and has drawn praise from Team USA’s coach Mike Krzyzewski. Gay was a late replacement of sorts for the injured Paul George and has been rebounding well, too.
But today, the two Kings players took some hard whacks. In the third quarter, Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas elbowed Cousins in the throat and Cousins reacted with the following.
His lunge earned him a technical foul (and he also later fouled out of the game). Then, in the fourth quarter, Gay was smacked in the face, according to Sactown Royalty’s recap.
I didn’t watch the game (work, duh), but the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (and Coach K) reportedly scuffled with the Lithuanians, too. Don’t mess with NorCal, yo.
Also, don’t mess with the United States. We’re kicking ass. This current team might go down in history: It has a chance to be the first team ever to win a FIBA tournament while winning every single game by 20 points or more.