Team USA inches closer to finding identity

CHICAGO — “No, we didn’t score well tonight.”

Kevin Durant made it clear that hot shooting and electric offense won’t define this Team USA team, emphasizing that defense and effort will give the team the backbone it needs to win Olympic gold once again this summer.

“We’ve been trying to find our (offensive) rhythm and also play great defense,” Durant said after an 80-45 exhibition win against Venezuela on Friday night that saw the Americans shoot the ball 16% from beyond the arc. “Coach is not going to scream because our shots didn’t go in.”

And he won’t.

“We don’t want to just hit 17 three-pointers and not work hard,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “You can play really good defense, and you can rebound every night. It’s about effort. Our guys keep giving us that effort.”

With Team USA’s first game in the Rio Olympics against China a week away and…

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