I’m not sure how much can be taken from Stephen Curry’s performance in Saturday’s exhibition against Lithuania. He played well in the time allotted him (2-2 FG, 1-1 3P, 5 points), but the team-low three minutes would indicate that Curry’s chances at making the final cut for Team USA aren’t good.
It doesn’t matter if the lack of playing time was because of the ankle injury he sustained during practice this week or because the U.S. coaches are closing in on their decision for the final 12. At this point of the competition, injuries are just as good a reason as any to swing the favor in someone else’s direction.
Eric Gordon’s continued strong play Saturday indicated that he already has a spot locked up. So the competition seemingly comes down to Russell Westbrook and Curry. Westbrook played 17 effective minutes Saturday, with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He shot the ball well, making 4 of 5 from the field, including 2 of 2 from distance.
We’ll see how much playing time Curry gets in tonight’s exhibition against Spain, the toughest opponent the U.S. has faced thus far. The game begins at Noon and you can watch it on ESPN3.com (streaming live online). It won’t be broadcast on TV.
Update: The game will be broadcast live on NBATV. It will also air on tape delay at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.