Was Nando De Colo, who finished with 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting in France’s 71-64 victory over Argentina yesterday, worried about losing a second consecutive preliminary game?
“No, because we knew we didn’t play a good first game,” De Colo said. “In training we were focused on what to do today and it showed on the field, we put a lot of intensity and everyone was really into the game.”
While Manu Ginobili had another excellent game (26 points, five rebounds and three 3-pointers), De Colo asserted that it was more important that they alleviated the damage from the rest of the Argentina core.
“He’s a player who takes a lot of screens,” De Colo said. “We tried to do something about it … But the main thing is we managed to control their team in general. I think it was well managed … In the first half, Ronny (Turiaf) did a great job on (Luis Scola) and he was tired. He scores because he’s a great player, but overall it was well controlled.”
For De Colo, it was a mere glimpse to what he’ll be witnessing a lot this upcoming NBA season — a dominant Manu Ginobili performance.
Next time he’ll likely be able to enjoy it more.