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SportTeam USA crushes Japan at FIBA World Cup to set up showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece

18:50  05 september  2019
18:50  05 september  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Team USA now advances to the second round where they’ll play a Greece team that must win to stay alive in Olympic competition. You can pick any play from start to finish of Team USA ’s rout of Japan in FIBA World Cup group play on Thursday. The Americans looked as dominant as they’ve been this

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the reigning NBA MVP and the player most expected to dominate the NBA in the near future. He was supposed to lead Greece Greece head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos didn’t play him in the fourth quarter against Team USA . Skourtopoulos’ official reasoning was to save

Maybe it was the trademark ankle-breaking, step-back crossover Kemba Walker unleashed. Or maybe it was the open-court steal that led to Jaylen Brown’s highlight-reel windmill. Or maybe it was a behind-the-back to crossover to hesitation sequence from Walker that led to a no-look dime to Khris Middleton in transition. Or maybe it was Brown’s physics defying poster tomahawk over a defender who had no business jumping in the first place.

Team USA crushes Japan at FIBA World Cup to set up showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece© Ng Han Guan

You can pick any play from start to finish of Team USA’s rout of Japan in FIBA World Cup group play on Thursday. The Americans looked as dominant as they’ve been this summer, running up a 62-point tab in an eventual 98-45 win over Japan.

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Giannis played for the senior team in both the 2014 World Championship and the 2015 EuroBasket tournament, but Antetokounmpo was nothing like Team USA should be in real trouble in this game. If the Giannis we saw all last NBA season and saw glimpses of in the New Zealand game shows up

The leading scorer in the World Cup is Corey Webster of New Zealand, and no American player is ranked among the top 30 in scoring (Kemba Walker All of this is looming as Team USA takes a travel day before going up against the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, Giannis Antetokounmpo , and

This is the end of the group stage, and Team USA has gone 3-0, with other wins against the Czech Republic and Turkey. They will advance to the second round for a dance with Greece and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Team USA needed this victory. They came away with a narrow one-point victory against Turkey, an overtime win they should have lost on two separate occasions. The United States needed a feel-good win to boost their confidence heading into more serious play in the next round. Their absolute pounding of Japan should suffice.

The U.S. put on a clinic in ball and player movement, and Japan simply had no answer for Walker, who danced around every defender thrown at him. He finished with 15 points and eight assists but could have scored every possession had he chosen to.

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Team USA will now face Greece in next round of World Cup . The biggest victory margin before Thursday was 21 in the World Cup opener against the Czech Republic The US are headed to a pair of second-round games in Shenzhen, China, with the first one Saturday against Antetokounmpo

The United States survived a stiff test from Turkey at the Fiba World Cup in their closest game at a Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup . Team USA got lucky as hell to beat Fiba World Cup : USA stroll past Japan with Antetokounmpo lying in. Team USA will now face Greece

Instead, he moved the ball, and it was Brown who took advantage of his size and athleticism. The Celtics forward put up a game-high 20 points, including a windmill in transition that put Japan on notice: There was no coming back from this beatdown. This one was going to sting.

Gregg Popovich ran out a lineup that featured both Brook Lopez and Miles Plumlee to combat Team USA’s overall lack of size. The double-center lineup was a successful experiment against Japan that we will likely see against tougher European competition, like Spain and Serbia.

Of note: Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris got the start in place of Jayson Tatum, who rolled his ankle against Turkey and is expected to miss the team’s next game against Greece. Harris scored 10 points and shot 2-for-3 from downtown.

Also of note wasn’t just Walker’s dazzling offense, but his gritty defense against Japan. Team USA finished with 11 steals, none of which were officially rewarded to Walker, but many wouldn’t have been possible had he not stripped the ball from his man on multiple occasions. Walker also finished with a block on a layup attempt.

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Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo (YAH-nis AHN-teh-tuh-KOOM-poh; Greek : Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο, IPA: [ˈʝanis adetoˈkumbo]; born December 6, 1994)

The United States Men's National Basketball Team bounced back with a huge 53-point win over Japan on Thursday morning to complete pool play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup . After barely escaping Turkey on Tuesday, Team USA took down Japan , 98-46, just two days later. And the win set up one of the

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura only scored four points on 2-for-8 shooting for Japan, but one of those baskets was a poster dunk on Myles Turner. Turner had a particularly forgettable game. He recorded nine boards and two blocks, but fumbled several entry passes on pick-and-roll opportunities.

Team USA now advances to the second round where they’ll play a Greece team that must win to stay alive in Olympic competition. They may have just feasted on an overmatched foe, but the U.S. can’t afford to show any vulnerabilities against a team with the size their next opponent boasts.

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