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After getting minutes vs. Nigeria, Anthony Davis sits in Team USA’s close win over Lithuania

Aug 4, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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Granted, we came into this Olympics with the understanding that Anthony Davis was the last man on the bench of a loaded Team USA roster, but the former Kentucky star and No. 1 overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets saw some good minutes in the Americans’ 156-73 rout of Nigeria this week.

He was, perhaps though, more remembered for this moment, when he forgot his jersey on his way to checking into the game before halftime. Overall he played 15 minutes, went 4-of-4 from the field, and scored 9 points.

It was a different story Saturday against Lithuania, as the Americans could not fend off the fifth-ranked team in the world until the final minutes, even trailing in the fourth quarter on their way to a 99-94 victory in London.

LeBron James was the hero in the final minutes, integral to a 17-6 run that put Lithuania away for good. James finished with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

But this close win aside, it is worth taking a look at what Anthony Davis has been able to bring to this team, despite the fact that he didn’t get a chance to see the floor in the closest game Team USA has had so far in this tournament.

When Blake Griffin went down in an already depleted USA frontcourt, Davis was brought onto the team and has filled the exact role that Coach K and that staffed asked him to: Be fresh legs to let stars rest during blowouts, play hard, provide some defense, and enjoy the ride.

He just needs to remember his jersey next time.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    He needs to play more. No length for USA unless he is in on Defense

  2. papichulo55 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I’m thinking that when his career is over, Davis will be considered as one of the best ever shot blockers in the NBA. Coach K needs to find some important minutes for Davis, in this Olympics. Tommorrow, or four years, is not promised to anyone.

  3. freemantowilliams - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I love AD but I still would have liked to see Blake Griffin Funkin all over inferior talent.

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