Team USA just wrapped up an 86-85 win against Spain in an exhibition in Madrid… and they did it without Rajon Rondo or Danny Granger playing a single second.
Now comes the guessing game as to why. There are no reports of injuries and these guys haven't played so much that they need a day off.
So there are a couple of theories as to why Rondo sat: the coaches wanted to play some of these other "bubble" players a full game of run to decide which guy to cut (they have 13 players… the roster limit is 12) or Team USA wanted to hold something back because this was an exhibition and these two teams will very likely face each other in the Worlds.
There's also the possibility that Coach K is sending these guys some kind of message… but that seems very unlikely. We'll just have to wait and see why Rondo didn't play.