With the medal round approaching quickly, the Americans aren’t likely to skip another day at the gym.
“We can be more ready to play than we were,” Krzyzewski said. “But overall this was a really good game for us. Winning like we did was terrific for us.”
There will be better — and bigger — ones ahead.
Once preliminary play ends, it’s on to the knockout round, where one slip can crush dreams of gold.
The pressure will intensify. The stakes will rise.
Lithuania was only a warmup, but after three easy games, the U.S. needed a game where losing was possible.
“You’d like to win every game by 30 points, light up the cigar or put your feet up,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re better off now, now that we’re through it.”