Learning experience for Team USA

Updated: August 22, 2010, 10:50 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

MADRID, Spain -- Safe to say Team USA is not going to have to worry about peaking too early.

After one of the worst quarters ever played by a senior U.S. national team -- a seven-point first quarter in which it missed 18 of 21 shots and even went just 2-for-3 on dunks, Team USA righted itself in the second half of a 77-61 victory over Lithuania on Saturday night that will go down as exactly the learning experience this inexperienced team needed.

Rock-hard, slippery ball? Check.

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