Learning experience for Team USA

Updated: August 31, 2010, 2:07 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

ISTANBUL -- Wouldn't have mattered if they had lost.

Wouldn't have mattered if Leandro Barbosa's last-second shot went in and forced overtime.

Doesn't really matter much that they won.

What matters is what Team USA learned about itself in Monday night's thrilling 70-68 victory over Brazil.

And the lesson the players took back to their hotel was that even the tough ones can still go their way.

Clearly, they still have plenty to learn. And the good thing ...

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