Turiaf then got an up close look at his future teammate and NBA All Star Chris Paul. Team USA ran away with this one 98-71, after only being up by 1 point after the first quarter.
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France’s Turiaf compared the U.S. team’s ability to play large or small to a two-faced beast.
“That team is like a Gemini,” said Turiaf, who will play with Paul and the [Los Angeles] Clippers next season. “They have two faces, a nightmare-nightmare.”
France’s star point guard did not want to give anything away to the US team before it was earned, but he did add:
‘‘They’re going to be very, very tough to beat,’’ Parker said.
Some of France’s players thought the Americans would let up after a somewhat lackluster 1st quarter, but LeBron James took over the game with his passing ability and Coach K was able to rest most of the starters in the 4th quarter and even gave Anthony Davis his first playing time of the Olympics.
The “second quarter, it was 0-0 new game for them,” Nicolas Batum said. “They started to defend us, make some big shots.”
Turiaf will join Chris Paul at Los Angeles Clippers training camp, and it will be a welcome relief to have Paul on his own team. Turiaf will give the Clippers front court depth, but probably will see limited playing time behind DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, and Ryan Hollins. He also(Lamar Odom) previously played for the Lakers so the surroundins should be familiar for Turiaf.