The Americans lost the second game in a row. On Saturday they unexpectedly died in Nigeria 87:90. The match against Australia should have been an opportunity for rehab, but American basketball players had to re-recognize the superiority of their rivals.
They could not keep up with the score
After the first half, the Americans led by nine points, but in the second half they were much weaker. Grandma Mills of San Antonio Spurs led Australia to victory with 22 points.
– We do not rest on our laurels because we have to go a long way. We trust our entire team. We hope each of us can enter the dance floor and influence the course of the game – Mills admitted after the win.
“We started with the goal of winning this match,” said Joe Inks (Utah Jazz), who scored 17 points for the winners.
Hosts’ Best Rider Damien Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) – 22 points winner. The second goal was scored by Kevin Durant (New Jersey Nets) with 17 points. Tremond Green (Golden State Warriors), Bradley Peel (Washington Wizards) and Jeremy Grant (Detroit Pistons) also played first Friday, but all fell short of expectations.
He points out that “athletic” Americans have primarily safety issues and were “eaten by Lillard Mills, who was the best on the ball.”
The fans shouted at them
The U.S. team can boast of a 54-2 draw in friendly matches since 1992. Now, at the most important point before the Olympics, they have doubled their defeats in just a few days.
Fans at the Michaellob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas were devastated as a result. After the final shout-out the American basketball players were shouted at by the fans, which never happens in American matches.
Final: Australia 91, USA 83. Team USA lost to Nigeria and Australia in the last 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/RkN9gTGAQq
– Arash Center (ரா Arashmarkasi) July 13, 2021
Despite another setback, US coach Greg Bopovich saw the positive aspects of the meeting with Australia.
– We played better than the match against Nigeria. The training camp started recently and we have a lot more work to do. We were better in the first half. We defended better, we were faster, we crossed the ball better between the players. In the second half, we were already tired – said the American coach.
The U.S. team won a total of 15 of the 19 Olympics (they did not compete in Moscow in 1980), but suffered their last defeat in Athens in 2004, where they won only a bronze medal.
At the 2019 World Championships in China, the Americans finished only seventh.
They will play next spring when they play against Argentina on Tuesday.
The Americans’ team competitors at the Olympics in Tokyo are Iranians, French and Czechs. Australia will begin its struggle with meetings with Germany, Italy and Nigeria.
Author: Mudi / Po
Source: PAP, eurosport.pl
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