Team USA routs Ukraine in group play finale, but at what cost?

Team USA routs Ukraine in group play finale, but at what cost?
September 4, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Recap: Another day, another blowout victory for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, though the 95-71 victory over Ukraine may have been costly.

In the final day of group play, Kyrie Irving limped off the court late in the game after taking a hard fall following a layup attempt. Microphones picked up words and sounds of frustration from the Cleveland Cavaliers star and Team USA's starting point guard while on the court. Irving eventually stood up and gingerly walked off the court. Though deep overall, Team USA already had some roster limitations at point guard due to Derrick Rose's recovery from previous knee surgeries.

James Harden led six double-digit scorers with 17 points as the U.S. improved to 5-0. Irving had 11 points and six assists. The energetic Kenneth Faried added 10 points plus a team-high eight rebounds.

Turning point: Not that the result was in doubt, but Team USA trailed the Mike Fratello coached squad 19-14 after the first quarter. Then they outscored Ukraine 30-13 in the second period and that was that.

Up next: As the top seed in Group C, Team USA returns to the court on Saturday against the No. 4 seed from Group D.

Watch: Pro Basketball Talk has a Vine of Irving's fall and of him limping off the court.