This post went up about an hour before tipoff of the gold medal game, and the entire world was already certain that the United States would defeat Spain for the gold medal in London.
In the fourth quarter, that didn’t look like such a sure thing, but all that mattered at the end was USA 107; Spain 100.
The betting line on the game went from 19 1/2 to 21 1/2, and Spain went from a 20-1 underdog to 25-1. Those were some loooong odds for a team with a clearly superior size advantage, but Marc Gasol’s foul trouble throughout and coach Serge Scariolo’s refusal to play Serge Ibaka in the fourth quarter took that advantage away.
My pre-game pick was USA 104, Spain 94, with Kevin Love (who finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds) playing a big role.
I’ll voted LeBron James for team MVP afterward.
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