The Americans had bypassed their last two attempts to practice, which left lots of time for sightseeing and attending other Olympic sports but not enough for working on their defense. The U.S. allowed Lithuania to shoot 58 percent Saturday, perhaps not digging in enough while figuring it could just rely on its vaunted offense after scoring 156 points in an 83-point victory over Nigeria two nights earlier.
Despite the scare — or maybe because they will benefit from it — the Americans believe they are ready for the second week of competition.
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