LONDON – This not being a basketball place, perhaps England didn't understand what Luol Deng did in his first Olympic home basketball game on Sunday night.
The 7,563 who filled about two-thirds of the temporary basketball arena cheered politely when their native NBA superstar was introduced.
They murmured with mild enthusiasm as Deng fought his way through the two and three Russian players who surrounded him whenever he got the ball.
And they barely noticed when with some 40 seconds left in what would be a 20-point Russian blowout of England, Deng rumbled into a burly Russian player forcing two free throws in what had long turned into a meaningless game.
"If I'm out there I'm out there," Deng said after the game. "I can't play to the score. It's irrelevant if we were up 20 or down 20, I got to take what I see. I've got to keep playing."
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