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Italians' 3-point shooting nets 45 points

Updated: August 4, 2004, 3:44 PM ET
Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany -- The U.S. Olympic basketball team quickly shrugged off its stunning exhibition loss to Italy.

"It doesn't hurt at all. It's great preparation," center Tim Duncan said. "If it happened to us in the Olympics, that's different. This doesn't hurt at all."

SportsNation: Still Believe?

 -->On July 27, SportsNation was firmly behind the U.S. team with 78.2 percent believing the team would win the gold medal in Athens.

After the 17-point loss ...

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