Coach Bruno Scout's Today's USA vs. Australia FIBA World Championship Game

Coach Bruno previews today's game with Australia.  The game can be seen live on NBATv here in the United States.

The Scouting Report - USA Assistant Coach Doug Bruno (DePaul University)

What do you expect to see out of Australia?
After playing in the finals, Lauren Jackson, the MVP of the WNBA is back with Australia, and she's one of the best players in the world, so that changes everything that they do. She's just a great player. She can take you outside, she can take you inside and she's just got a great presence. Penny Taylor is one of the toughest players in women's basketball as well. So, that's a one-two punch that is very, very difficult to deal with. And their other players Jenna O'Hea, Belinda Snell, Kristi Harrower at the point position, and we're not even talking yet about the 6-8 new phenom on the scene in women's basketball, Elizabeth Cambage, these players make them a very, very good team. They are the defending World Champions.

What are some keys to the game for the USA?
Defensively, they are a very good transition team, and we can't give up easy buckets in transition. We can't let their controllable guards penetrate against us; that's huge. Taylor is going to be tough to guard, but the other guards that are containable, need to be contained. They are a relentless rebounding team, and we need to take care of that on the defensive end as well. Offensively, they are a very physical team, and they are going to hit us hard. We have to get into our rhythm offensively and we have to move the basketball.

Do you think this U.S. team is ready for the tough matchup that is Australia?
I like what we've seen here since we've gotten to Ostrava. We have been getting better with each game. We've not been tested to the point that Australia will test us, but we have seen progress and the whole idea is to keep getting better. Since we don't get to practice, you have to be getting better on the fly, and I like the way our USA team has been getting better on the fly in the games that we've played.

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