Why the U.S. won: They were (and are) just better. Better athletes, better basketball players, better team play. More specifically, the U.S. was always making the extra pass — sometimes to a fault — but as a result rarely took bad shots when the game was still in question.
Why Canada lost: Call it “Team USA Syndrome, Circa 2004.” The Canadians seemed like a team that was thrown together last week. Too much one-on-one playground style ball for their guards, who couldn’t really blow past any of the U.S. guards, and who were often out of control. That led to a lot of turnovers, which led to a lot of breakaways for Team USA.