Congrats Lance! The entire team is composed of NBDL players. It's nice to see Lance being able to represent the U.S. in competition.
Yeah, he keeps playing. Hard to see him ever making an NBA roster without significantly better offense, but he might get a decent contract
overseas. Good luck to him!
Anyone know if any of these games are scheduled to air on tv?
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Yes, but when he left Duke, he had a long ways to go. He basically had only an open jump shot and garbage put back offense at Duke, and the
latter was often swattable. He needs to really work on his dribble penetration and his stop-and-pop to be a legitimate pro player. I haven't seen
him lately, but hopefully, he's gotten better at both.
http://deportesus.terra.com/road-to-...alajara/live/3. They live stream the more popular sports.
I'm psyched to see Curtis Sumpter make the squad. He was a great player at Villanova who got screwed by two nasty knee injuries.
I saw Lance play in the D-League and he was their offensive weapon. He had range enough to hit a couple of NBA 3-pointers and was 3 out of 4 from the line. I want to say he had 20+ points that night but I don't remember exactly.
Currently at the end of Q3: http://deportesus.terra.com/road-to-...jara/live/9/#9
How is Lance doing?
Game currently being broadcast on ESPN2
USA defeated Dominican Republic by a point with a block at the buzzer! Game against tournament favorite Brazil tomorrow night. I only saw the second half, but LT was his old self by all accounts. Nothing flashy, but at crunch time made winning plays. It didn't sound like he played that much at the beginning, but when it was time to pull out the win, LT was one of the five guys on the floor. USA was down 7 or 8 at the half and only had something like 9 points in the second quarter. They chipped away eventually taking the lead and it was back and forth from there. Dyson for the USA had some great driving layups and Lance had a key 3-point play down the wire. He also had a great offensive rebound and kickout, which certainly reminded me of the amazing offensive rebounding prowess LT and Zoubek exhibited in the 2010 tourny. Dominican Republic had one post player, Martinez, that the US couldn't stop and he ended up with 31 points, but was blocked at the buzzer by #13...forget who it was. #13 also had another key block the possession before. Could have iced the game with two free throws but missed one to put the USA up by 3 with about 5 seconds left. DR missed a chippy but got offensive rebound and putback and the foul to get within one. Missed the free throw, but DR got the offensive rebound and the ball went out of bounds on the USA with 1.6 remaining, so DR had one last chance to set up the winning play. Went to the guy everybody knew it was going to (Martinez) since he dominated the US team all night, but the key block sealed the win.
According to this box score, Lance Thomas recorded a 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double:
I didn't watch the game and have no idea how accurate is the box score. USA Basketball website does not have a box score or game recap posted.
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I watched most of the second half. Lance played really well. Doug Gottlieb even said something like, "Lance only makes winning plays. He did it at Duke to win a championship and he's doing it here."
To be clear, Lance was not given the defensive assignment to guard the big guy on DR who went for 31 (Yack - "Jack" - Martinez, I think his name was).
It looked to me like he was one of the, if not the, most comfortable player out there on the court for USA. And I believe he was left in the game with 4 fouls and about 3 mins to play showing they had faith in his ability to play without fouling (fourth foul was called on what looked like a clean block).
Very impressed with his play. Keep it up, Lance! Go USA!
PS - #13 was Marcus Lewis, who made two key blocks in the final minute to seal the game. USA roster says he played for Oral Roberts in college.
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Now, the other stuff from earlier he did at Duke, but the above he did not. If he can do that kind of stuff on a consistent basis, then he's improved a lot. Way to go Lance!showed excellent touch around the basket, finished through contact (had at least two and-1's that I saw and hit both free throws), and had a beautiful pump fake-and-drive which he converted (might have been one of his and-1's)