The USA Basketball women’s team will be going up against a tough opponent in Spain, as they try to win their sixth consecutive gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
USA Basketball struggled a bit against France and much of it was because the team sorely missed the services of court general Sue Bird. Bird suffered a knee capsule sprain against Japan and sat out the semifinal matchup against France.
The US did manage to win against France but obviously showed the important of Bird. The 35-year-old veteran has been the reason for holding the team together. And that intangible was something that was evident in the semifinal match.
Will Sue Bird Risk It All?
Like several other basketball stars, this will likely be Bird’s last stint for team USA. With Spain a dangerous opponent, will she risk it all and will herself to play against Spain?
As of this writing, the answer to that is unclear, the NY Post reported. Head coach Geno Auriemma is aware of not having Bird. They are likely trying to find ways to work around the dilemma.
With a bad knee, the thing to consider here is that seeing Bird force the issue. It could be costly on her part and the chances of USA Basketball winning against Spain. She will have limited mobility playing through the pain and such is likely to hamper the cohesiveness of the team.
While Auriemma says that it will depend on Bird, he may want to look at other options. Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore held up well against France so they can certainly pick up the slack at least one more time for all the marbles.
As far as point guard duties, Lindsay Whalen is the only natural point guard on the roster. However, Auriemma will still need to weave his magic wand as USA Basketball braces for Spain’s challenge.