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Team USA Escapes Against Lithuania; Paul Pierce Bitter Over Ray Allen’s Exit

By 08.05.12

As for our main competition, Spain dropped the ball against Russia, going up early 22-5 before losing, 77-74. Pau Gasol missed a late free throw and then Marc Gasol threw the ball away on the team’s final possession. Is this a good thing? Our main competition losing? Actually… not really. Now, there’s a very good chance the anticipated showdown with the Gasol bros happens before the Gold medal game, which gives us an extra night of tough basketball before playing for it all … When we dropped our top 25 underpaid players in the game last week, a lot of you readers were pissed we didn’t have Paul Millsap on there. Well… now he could soon be officially ineligible. The Jazz are reportedly going to offer him the max level extenstion to keep him in Utah. It comes out to be $25 million over three years. It’s crazy because when Millsap first signed his last deal, a lot of people thought he was overpaid. Now, he’s a bargain. A lineup of Millsap-Jefferson-Favors has proven it’ll work in the short term, but can it work over the long haul? … Paul Pierce knows it’s all a business. In fact, he even admitted recently that he wouldn’t be opposed to leaving the Celtics and finishing his career with a new team. So when reporters asked him this weekend about his response to Ray Allen pulling a Johnny Damon and going to the enemy, he understood it. But that doesn’t mean he still wasn’t bitter about it. Jesus had to leave. He didn’t get along with Rajon Rondo. The team had moved in a different direction with Avery Bradley taking his minutes. But still, the Big Three created a brotherhood, and won a title together. They’re going to have some issues going against each other next year. Ray will never hold a grudge like that – unless we’re talking Kobe Bryant – but you can bet the Boston fans will. We’re SO interested to see what they do once he comes back to the Bean … We’re out like USA at the charity stripe.

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