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Monday Notes: Mo to Cleveland rumor, Team USA beats China, Australia falls to Croatia

Home-country advantage not enough for hosts against Team USA.

  • Bob Finan of the Cleveland News-Herald writes about a rumored three-way trade that could send Mo Williams to the Cavaliers. Oklahoma City is the other team, and Joe Smith and Damon Jones (in the form of expiring contracts) are a couple speculated names that the Cavs could ship to Milwaukee. Stay tuned.
  • Team USA dispatched China 101-70 (recap/quotes) in its opening Olympic game. The Americans started shakily as China drained enough early threes to draw as even as late as the second quarter. Once the outside shots inevitably stopped falling, the game got out of hand quickly. Although Team USA was only truly dominant one quarter (25-11 in the third), the overall performance was strong. Michael Redd had a fair Olympic debut, scoring 9 points on 3-9 shooting in 13 minutes, hitting 3-7 from outside. Redd was the only American to make more than single three on a day Team USA hit just 7-24 (29.2 %) three-pointers. Dwyane Wade shot a nifty 7-7 from the field for a team-high 19 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Also off the bench, a pair of Chris' (Paul and Bosh) outplayed their starting teammates. LeBron James (18 points, six rebounds, three assists, three blocks, zero turnovers) played like he was the best player in the world, which makes a lot of sense, really.
  • Check out Olympics Central at Bucks.com for upcoming games featuring Redd and Andrew Bogut. Up next for Team USA is Angola, on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. central time on USA. Australia take on Argentina at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning. That game is available online.
  • Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie offers first impressions on Team USA/China.

    Team USA got the ball got to the front of that rim, leaking out in transition when it could, but mainly keeping the Chinese team on its heels with fast (seriously, there was some velocity happenin' in Beijing today) passes that initiated the dunk-fest.

  • Pat Forde of ESPN.com adds his thoughts on the historic Team USA/China game and event.
  • Chris Sheridan writes that former Buck Yi Jianlian came up small against Team USA.
  • Lang Whitaker at Slam recaps Team USA/China.
  • Dime break down Team USA/China and zone in on an American weakness.
  • For other Olympic basketball recaps, check out ESPN.com's Day 1 roundup. Plenty of noteworthy items, including defending Olympic champs Argentina falling to Lithuania 79-75. Also, in the premier matchup of the day, Spain topped Greece, 81-66. Germany rocked Team USA's next opponent, Angola, 95-66. We've more on that somewhere here...
  • Charlie liveblogs Germany vs. Angola.

    More Mingas! Eduardo hits a three! Angola (bless their hearts) is still playing very hard. They continue to scrap and dive for loose balls despite the large deficit. Their effort draws some applause from the Chinese fans.

  • Bucks are 1-1 at the Olympics: Bogut and Australia didn't fare nearly as well as Redd and Team USA. Croatia topped the Boomers 97-82 (recap). Better days are ahead for Bogut, we'd hope. While he didn't miss a shot from the field, he only attempted three. Eight of his teammates managed to shoot more, so the Aussies didn't try too hard to feature Bogut. Then again, more Bogut may have been more problems for Australia anyway, based on this stat line: one rebound, zero blocks and steals, and four fouls and four turnovers, in 21 minutes.
  • The Bob Boozer Jinx provides a rundown of ten things you should know about Olympic basketball.

    7) The court is 2' 2" shorter and nearly a foot narrower at an even 28 meters by 15 meters, something that only the great, idiosyncratic shooters of the era, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, probably ever paid any attention to. The three point line is already much shorter, so trimming five inches left and right along the baseline is negligible for most players.

  • At The Hive, teaming with Green Bandwagon, concludes its really outstanding 12-part Olympic basketball preview with a unique look at how Team USA match up against the world's best at each position.
  • Charles Gardner has more on the pending deal that could bring Francisco Elson to the Bucks.
  • Brett at The Bratwurst: not that excited about Elson coming to Milwaukee
  • Truman Reed ranks the top five U.S. Olympic performances. Always good fun. Before last summer's FIBA Americas I ranked the Dream Teams.