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Team USA gets blown out in scrimmage - Marcus Smart calls it "embarrassing"

This could very well be a case of over-complacency. Anyone that has played the game of basketball knows it happens. You are on a team of stars and lose to a group of subs. That seems to be what happened to the USA Basketball squad in their 36-17 loss in a scrimmage against what-was-supposed-to-be inferior talent.



Marcus Smart did not participate as he is still nursing a calf issue, but he did call out his fellow-USA teammates for failing to deliver. "C'mon guys, this is embarrassing" is what he had to say to them.


Flash back to last season. The Celtics got off to a slow start and often started games the same way - sluggish. Marcus Smart was inserted into the starting lineup to inject energy right out of the gate. Boston quickly went on an 8-game winning streak. We probably would have witnessed the same effect on Team USA had he been able to play.

You can bet Gregg Popovich is not particularly thrilled with his supposed A-Team crew. I doubt we will see that lack of effort and energy again.

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