The U.S. men’s basketball team sailed to a 98-45 win over Japan on Thursday to wrap up the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Team USA, led by Jaylen Brown’s 20 points overcame two injuries to key players to finish with a 3-0 record in first-round matches. Olympic Basketball followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Basketball Tickets online exclusively on economical prices.
“I think we’re getting better with each visit, and that’s our goal,” Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters”. “We haven’t been calm very long, I think our players are enjoying playing with each other” understanding that consistency is necessary and what we have to do as a team to be successful”.
“In that respect, they were serious tonight and they loved the Japanese team very much”.
They did not take anything for absolute. So I was pleased with their performance.
“Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart sat out of Team USA’s victory. Tatum injured his left ankle during the Americans’ overtime win over Turkey on Tuesday, and Smart has a nervous absent squad. Despite lost Tatum and Smart, the U.S. men’s squad (3-0) held Japan to single digits in the first and third quarters and jumped out to a 56-23 halftime lead”.
“I think we have a lot of opportunity for development,” Brown said. “Obviously, we’re looking forward to the next match. Just trying to get better and represent our country in the right way”.
Team USA point watch Kemba Walker recorded 15 points and a team-high 8 supports. Harrison Barnes had 14 points and 8 recovers. Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each extra 10 points.
Yudai Baba managed Japan (0-3) with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Washington Wizards draw pick Rui Hachimura struggled for the Japanese squad scoring only four points (2-of-8 shooting) in 24 minutes. Team USA will play leading NBA most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece on Saturday in the first game of the second round.
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