Just as Andre Drummond didn't play vs. Brazil and Mason Plumlee played well, Plumlee didn't play vs. the Dominican Republic and Drummond played well. The game wasn't much of a test. Team USA dominated from the start and beat the D.R. by 39 at Madison Square Garden.
It was the final game in a busy day for Nets players in FIBA action. Bojan Bogdanovic, Sergei Karasev and Jorge Gutierrez all played Wednesday in Europe and Joe Wolf assisted Mike Fratello. Bogdanovic and Gutierrez are both in action again Thursday.
Plumlee told Mike Mazzeo that the process hasn't exactly been good for his stress levels, but it's definitely good for his game.
"It is [nerve-wracking], but it’s been such a long period of time. I was nervous in Vegas, but at this point, I’m just gonna show up, play my game, do what I can do. I feel very good about how I’ve played ... so I’m very confident with where I stand."
As of now, John Schuhman reports, Plumlee remains on the bubble. DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Drummond and Gordan Hayward appear to be in competition with Damian Lillard and Plumlee for the final two roster spots, writes Schuhmann. Drummond, the youngest player in camp at just-turned-21, played well enough with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Cousins, who may still be be hobbled by a minor leg injury, also returned to action to grab a game-high 10 boards but tallied only two points.
The big story for Team USA --and Bulls fans-- was Derrick Rose's decision to sit out the game with "body fatigue." He emphatically denied there's any problem with his surgically repaired knees.
- Mason Plumlee thinks he'll make Team USA's World Cup roster - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- NBA - Handicapping who will make Team USA final cut - Kevin Pelton - ESPN Insider
- USA handles Dominican Republic, moves toward roster reduction - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- As Derrick Rose sits with knee soreness, Team USA puts on clinic in exhibition vs. Dominican Republic - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Bulls star Rose sits out again as USA routs Dominican Republic - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets’ Mason Plumlee Has No Business Going To Spain - Steve Lichtenstein - WFAN