It wasn't a great day for Team USA against Venezuela, but they still won by 44 points. The team of superstars were plagued by sloppy play early, and they found themselves tied with the Venezuelans after one quarter. As expected, they eventually went off, going on a 21-2 run in the second to blow things open. They went on to win 113-69 thanks to the forceful play of DeAndre Jordan and Paul George dominating two years after breaking his leg in a US uniform.
It's the main topic of conversation whenever a sideline reporter talks to him after the game or when the commentators are discussing his play in the game, but George doesn't appear rattled about the injury -- he just keeps on playing basketball. After a successful return to the NBA last season, he's been superb in Rio. After dropping 20 points on Venezuela, George is averaging 17.5 points per game in the Olympics and the US is coasting.
George couldn't miss against Venezuela. He was 6-for-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep. Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving are the faces of the team, but George -- as he did for spurts this season -- is proving just how much he belongs.
He proved how versatile he was against Venezuela. He was scoring from all over the court, and even played power forward hen the Americans tried to emulate the Warriors' Death Lineup with Draymond Green at center. It's not against the best competition, but seeing George play like this has to have the Pacers excited about what's to come with George playing the way he is -- especially when he's throwing down gravity-defying dunks.
George isn't worried about the injury that kept him out for a year -- and neither is Team USA. It'll take a miracle for the Americans to fall short of a gold medal, especially if George keeps this up.