FIBA World Championship 2006 - Unofficial Blog

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Carmelo injured in Team USA win over Brazil

The big tournament is closer everyday, and after a pair of big blowouts, the Basketball National Team U.S. finally got some serious competition.

Indeed, the Americans also got a reality check: Facing the world’s best basketball teams without Carmelo Anthony is far from an easy task.

Anthony scored 16 first-half points before being forced out with a knee injury, and the United States hung on for a 90-86 victory over Brazil on Tuesday night.

The Denver Nuggets forward set the early scoring pace, but slipped while chasing a ball to the sideline with 2:21 left in the second quarter. He crashed into coach Mike Krzyzewski and left the game with a hyperextended right knee.

“The injury doesn’t look like it’s serious,” Krzyzewski announced.

It's important to add that Kirk Hinrich added 14 points for the Americans, who led 52-38 at halftime. Brazil staged a big comeback while Anthony sat out the rest of the match.

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