How Team USA Can Stop Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol has 13 points in five minutes, outscoring Team USA all by himself in this third quarter of the 2012 Olympic basketball gold-medal game. He's been the best player on the floor, and Team USA can't stop him.

How do they do it? A couple ideas:

  • Send harder double teams: Team USA has elected to "dig" the post, which is a fancy way of saying that the guards cheat towards the middle without sending a hard double team until Gasol gets close to the basket. Gasol has been clever enough to avoid Team USA's defenders, though, so it might be time to just trap him and live with the results.
  • Put LeBron James on him: James has been guarding Serge Ibaka, but he was effective fronting Gasol in the post in the first half. Maybe he can be effective again.
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