Team USA Notebook: USA finding success with small-ball lineups

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

The lead changed hands throughout with both teams trigger-happy from three-point range before Matthew Dellavedova and Mitch Creek sank a free throw each in the final few seconds to seal Australia's win as France threw away their last possession.

"I thought Brazil really gave us a tough fight in that first half. This is what we (are) playing for this team for, these type of games, these type of moments".

"France has got a lot of talent top to bottom and they probably play the closest in similarity to us as any team that's in the tournament", U.S. guard Joe Harris said.

And we may see more of it going forward.

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The US has displayed a superb defense in the World Cup.

They also now officially qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Tomas Satoransky, who flirted with the triple-double (13 points, nine assists, eight rebounds) and his teammates need a Team USA win over Brazil to make the top eight teams of the world. "He wants to win the game", Ginzburg said.

The glory days of the Golden Generation are now more than a decade in the rearview, but El Alma Argentina can still play at the highest level. King-on-King action between Barnes, Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic is intriguing for Sacramento fans, but Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic leads the Serbian front line and just might be the best player remaining in the tournament.


"We're thrilled that we've qualified for the Olympics", said USA coach Gregg Popovich, who will lead the Americans in Tokyo next summer as well.

Eight teams are left in the FIBA basketball World Cup, as the competition reaches the knockout round after two group stages. And Brazil topped the U.S.in four consecutive meetings at worlds from 1959 through 1970. After finishing first in Group K, The United States National Team will take on France in the Quarter-Finals with the victor facing either Argentina or Serbia.

Having already lost twice in the tournament, Lithuania had been eliminated from advancing to the Quarter-Finals as both France and Australia had gotten out to flawless 4-0 starts to earn the top two spots in Group I.

Greece earned the 84-77 victory over the Czech Republic, yet they were eliminated as they had to win by 12 or more points.


In its first World Cup since 1967, the Poles have already got farther than expected but it would be a major surprise if they were to upset Spain. Czech Republic (4-1) 3. Rigoberto Mendoza led the Dominicans with 14 points.

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