NBA Draft Afternoon Open Thread

Robert Cianflone

The Cup of Canis was getting a bit sloggy so here's a fresh cup for you all.

Well, it wasn't pretty, but the U.S. survive the group stage and move on to the knockouts at the World Cup, where they will almost certainly face an uber-talented Belgian side that hasn't really impressed yet. But they have world class talent all over the pitch.

A 1-0 loss to Germany was enough to see the U.S. through thanks to Portugal's 2-1 defeat of a chaotic Ghanaian side that sent two players home this morning.  The U.S. and Portugal end up on 4 points, but the U.S. has a better goal difference.

It was not a great performance by the U.S. as the Germans are vastly superior and controlled the game throughout.  Still, the defense was reasonably solid and they didn't allow Germany too many clear chances.  It was also pretty obvious the the U.S. had very little energy after their travels around Brazil and that game in Manaus the other day.  Still, they hung on and got the result that sees them through.

One note: DeAndre Yedlin impressed again in his brief stint on the right wing.  Having both him and Fabian Johnson over there could prove a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Anyway, enough of that for now. This is an afternoon open thread as we prepare for the draft.

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