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Team USA basketball seals Olympics spot, reaches World Cup quarterfinals

Team USA basketball seals Olympics spot, reaches World Cup quarterfinals”

So if one team makes it and the other doesn't, that team has qualified (along with Argentina) for the Olympics. Brazil, which needed to win in order to qualify, got 21 points from Vitor Benite and 14 each from Anderson Varejao and Leandrinho Barbosa.

With Australia and Spain looming on the other side of the bracket, Barnes and Team USA will be well-tested if they advance to the World Cup final.

Besides Jaylen Brown against Japan, no U.S. player has managed to score 20 points in a game through this World Cup run - something that will quickly need to change against a French team that is fourth in scoring in this tournament (89.4 points per game) and that has several players who can catch fire. But every time I take the floor, I want to be aggressive.

The early result guarantees the Americans of a place in the quarterfinals no matter what they do against Brazil.

La Roja has a very experienced roster, which includes a host of faces familiar to National Basketball Association fans, such as Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio and it should prove too strong for Poland.

The over/under is 149.5, which may be a little low. "It's just taking everybody and everything we've got to win these games". No over/under has been set yet on this game, although it is worth keeping an eye on player props at DraftKings Sportsbook. Boston's Jayson Tatum, still nursing an ankle injury, did not play for the U.S. The matchup that is most intriguing is at center, where Rudy Gobert (averaging 20.2 ppg) will go against Myles Turner.

The first mission for the U.S.is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. Celtics point guard Kemba Walker led the Americans with 15 points and led all participants with six assists.

Team USA vs France, 7 a.m.

FIBA has said the three officials who made an error in the final seconds of Lithuania's tournament-ending loss to France on Saturday would not officiate any more games. That's the approach the Americans - likening the World Cup feel to that of the NBA Finals - have carried throughout the tournament anyway. "They played with a lot of heart", Turner said afterward. "This is what we came here for".

The US has displayed a superb defense in the World Cup. They really wanted that game.

Of the remaining eight teams, only Poland (43.1) has had a worse shooting percentage at the FIBA World Cup than the U.S.'s 44.3. At 4-0, the United States is in the driver's seat, but still has some business to take care of to book its trip to either Dongguan (if it finishes first in Group K) or Shanghai (if it finishes second) for a quarterfinal game on Wednesday.



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