Today’s game between Brazil and Egypt was a classic example of David vs. Goliath.
Only Goliath had no intention of ever being defeated.
Brazil came out and squashed any hope Egypt had within the first three minutes. At the 6:55 mark left in the first quarter, Brazil had already jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind strong play from the starting frontcourt of Nene and Anderson Varejão, and Alex Garcia. With NBA talent and a plethora of shooting, Brazil demolished Egypt, with a final score of 128-65.
In a change from the norm, Tiago Splitter did not start against Egypt. The best guess is that Brazil coach Rubén Magnano was experimenting with different lineups against a weaker opponent. Once Splitter entered the game, he did a little bit of everything Spurs fan have become accustom to. In just under 17 minutes of action, Splitter finished with eight points, nine rebounds, and two assists, although that demeans his passing a little bit. Splitter also ran the floor well on numerous fast breaks, ultimately slamming one down for himself.
Egypt just lacked the talent NBA-wise and internationally. Ibrahim Elgammal led Egypt, as he usually has throughout the tournament, with 16 points. Leandro Barbosa’s 22 points led Brazil.
Brazil finishes group play at a very solid 4-1 record. Their only loss came to heavy favorite Spain and the Gasol brothers. The wins they’ve earned have been over Boris Diaw and France, Iran, Serbia, and Egypt. Once the rest of the games shake out, Brazil’s knockout round opponent will be set. Croatia and Puerto Rico play later on today to determine who advances to face Brazil as the three seed in Group B and who goes home.
Australia vs. Angola: On the other end of group play, Aron Baynes and the Aussies seemingly took the day off against Angola. Baynes and Joe Ingles both rested the entire game, while Derek Andersen and Cleveland Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova, both starters, only played four minutes. While it may seem farfetched to throw a World Cup game, if Lithuania pulls off the upset over Slovenia today, then the Boomers avoid USA until the semifinals, while an Australia win and Slovenia loss would still leave the Boomers in the second seed of Group D. Essentially it didn’t matter if the Boomers won or lost today, their future rests in the hands of Lithuania.