Was opening-round dominance real or an illusion? Time to find out

Originally Published: August 19, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- All it will take is one slipup and we'll look back on the first nine days of men's basketball for Team USA as one big Opening Ceremony.

Sure looked and sounded great. But in the end, if that slipup occurs, it will have been many parts illusion.

That lip-synching 9-year-old singer? That'll be the part that was played by Spain.

Those phony fireworks? That'll have been the redemption game against Greece.

That appearance by President ...

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