Deng struggles from the field in loss to Brazil

Deng struggles from the field in loss to Brazil
July 31, 2012, 5:54 pm
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Luol Deng struggled from the field for the second time in the 2012 Olympics, shooting 3-for-13 in Great Britain's 67-62 loss to Brazil Tuesday afternoon.
Deng finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the loss, two days after racking up 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a loss to Russia.
And while Deng's 20.0 points per game leads the host British team, he has made just 27.5 percent of his shots, and 23.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also has turned the ball over eight times in two games.
But Deng claims his wrist feels great, and he has played in 78 of 80 possible minutes through two games. A more likely case is that Deng has had to carry the load for Great Britain, and that defenses have keyed in on the NBA All-Star.
Great Britain entered the Games ranked No. 44 in the FIBA Men's Rankings.
It won't get any easier for Deng and Great Britain, as they will hook up with second-seeded Spain on Thursday. Led by NBA All Stars Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, and the NBA leader in blocked shots from a year ago, Serge Ibaka, Deng will face another challenge trying to play "hero ball" for the Brits.