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Considering that Brazil finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship with an extremely disappointing 17th place, the team of coach Rubén Magnano is under considerable pressure to bounce back in Turkey. However, the Brazilians will most likely be overwhelmed by the strength of Kevin Durant and the United States on Monday at 6:30 p.m. GMT.


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Taking recent exhibition games into account, Brazil could very well be one of the least predictable teams at this year's FIBA World Championship. After all, the team has a steep drop-off as far as the talent level within the roster is concerned, putting a lot of pressure onto Brazil's go-to guys. More specifically, Anderson Varejao from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs will have to play heavy minutes in the front-court as Nene from the Denver Nuggets is sidelined by an injury and the team has no adequate backup player. Likewise, Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors and Marcelo Huertas from Caja Laboral are two excellent guards where as Brazil's second unit does not feature any reliable playmaker to take some pressure off Huertas and Barbosa.


The United States on the other hand have no trouble getting a spark off the bench as players such as Danny Granger from the Indiana Pacers, Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies and Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder will be coming off the bench. Needless to mention that a starting five featuring the likes of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose is a difficult matchup and will probably be too much to handle for Brazil. Adding the fact that NBA stars will take on Brazil's second unit made up exclusively of players from the Brazilian league anything else than a victory of Derrick Rose and company would definitely be a big surprise.


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Tags: Brazil, Kevin Durant, Leandro Barbosa, Danny Granger, NBA live
Posted: 30th August 2010

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