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I was half expecting Dominican Republic to blow this game, but might prevail thanks to key offensive rebounds.
Francisco Garcia back to the bench. Not moving all that well.
Terrific defense by the Finnish now. Not that Dominican Republic's offense is a thing of beauty, though.
Francisco Garcia back on the floor.
Francisco Garcia leaves the game limping.
Thibodeau won't stop taking questions. USA Basketball staff laughing a bit in the background.
Thibodeau: We think we're a championship-caliber team, but we have to work on it.
Thibodeau says he's enjoying international basketball a lot.
Thibs: "Derrick Rose has to work on his timing."
Thibs says Derrick Rose will handle three games in three days well.
Tom Thibodeau says Pau Gasol looks on top of his game right now.
Team USA coasting through the game a bit now. New Zealand putting together a nice performance.
Of course, James Harden now comes out firing. Three-pointer and dunk on New Zealand.
Just 13 shots taken in two games and a half. He's had 11 assists, though.
For a guy that was touted as leader of Team USA, James Harden has been pretty passive at the World Cup so far.
Some American players look in awe as New Zealand players do the haka.
Ukraine is executing really well down the stretch. 64-58 with 36 seconds to go.
Omer Asik is the leading scorer with 16 points. I repeat: Omer Asik is leading a game in scoring.
How ugly is the Ukraine-Turkey game? Only one of 20 players is shooting better than 50 percent. Two minutes to go and the score is 56-52.
Gasol's Spain the best team ever (outside of the U.S.) to me. Sorry, Yugoslavia.
Spain just put together possibly its best game since the last Olympic Games.
The Gasols have no business being on the court this late in the game with a 23-point lead.
Can't get past the fact that Marcelinho Huertas never gave the NBA a try. Such a supremely talented offensive player.
Nenê is having a rough night against Pau Gasol.
The Gasol brothers looking really fit for Gasol standards.
Pau Gasol dominating in FIBA competition like in the old days.
Crowd booing Derrick Rose heavily for passive play.
As he goes to the bench, round of applause for Kenneth Fareid from neutral crowd.
My prediction that Kenneth Faried wouldn't be that good in FIBA ball is looking awful so far.
Team USA making the game a more physical affair now.
DeMarcus Cousins venting on the bench a bit.
Team USA showing a lot of frustration right now. Very smart play by the Turks. They are holding the Americans to 38 percent shooting.
Kyrie Irving's playmaking is a little off vs. Turkey.
Game has really slow tempo, which is troubling for Team USA.
Team USA can't buy a shot right now.
Kenneth Faried playing incredible. Not just effort and power, but a bit of finesse too.
Kansas recruit Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk playing significant minutes at a World Cup at age 17. Not scared on the big stage.
Former Piston Slava Kravtsov with 7 rebounds and no points in 21 minutes. Such a fluid athlete for his size, but leaves you wanting more.
Finland playing like a team coming off a severe beating. Great competitive fire. Up 57-41 vs. Ukraine.
Team USA beats Finland 114-54. Derrick Rose (12 points, 5 turnovers) has played more minutes than any other American player.
Team USA's reserves are outscoring all of Finland 29-22.
Barring a 42-point comeback by Finland, Team USA will win its first game of the World Cup today.
That wild card invitation to Finland not making FIBA look good so far.
Anthony Davis scores on a double team and gets the foul. He's phenomenal.
Team USA: 35 points and three assists. Ball movement is not good, but it doesn't need to be.
New Zealand, who has one player over 6-foot-8, outrebounded Turkey 47-31. Turkey has six players over 6-foot-8.
Turkey finishes the game with a 15-1 run and wins. A win is a win, but not a great effort by the Turks today.
Fourth quarter: New Zealand has not scored a single point in the last four minutes. Surprisingly, that may cost them the game.
Except for the last World Championship, where they played hosts and were terrific.
Turkey down 64-72 against courageous New Zealand in the fourth quarter. Turks typically not the best competitors in FIBA competitions.
World Cup: Omer Asik finishes first half vs. New Zealand with one point, two blocks and no rebounds. Turkey down 28-38.
Pretty decent crowds for first-round games at the World Cup in Bilbao.
The Lakers are one of eight NBA teams without a single player at the World Cup. Cavs and Rockets have four each here.