Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo's Greece fall to United States at World Cup

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Where to Watch Team USA vs. Greece, Live Stream, Team News, Latest Odds

Antetokounmpo and Greece (2-1) will be the opponent when the US (3-0) opens second-round play on Saturday night, in what's essentially a must-win game for the Greeks in their quest to reach next week's quarterfinals. It was Team USA that did most of the talking on the court, anyway. Had they lost, the Greeks were going to the classification round and relegated to no better than a 17th-place finish in the 32 team tournament.

Jock Londale impressed with 13 points on five-of-six shooting, while Chris Goulding added 15 and Aron Baynes put up 10. Jayden Brown led team US with 9 rebounds. That doesn't mean other guys didn't contribute - Harrison Barnes had 9 points and 7 boards, Jaylen Brown had 8 points and 9 rebounds, and Myles Turner had 8 points and 7 rebounds plus got some defensive time on the Greek Freak. They conclude their event with a game against the strong Turkey side (losers by a single point to USA) on Monday. For starters, they are very familiar with Giannis' game. With the US missing Jayson Tatum (ankle) and with Marcus Smart (quad) questionable, their defensive options have been limited.

The Greek squad made a push in the fourth - while sitting Giannis for most of the quarter in one of the more weird coaching decisions you'll ever see (they said it was to rest him for the next game) - it was too little, too late as the U.S. won comfortably, 69-53.

Popovich played small at times, not playing Brook Lopez at all, so that he could switch pick-and-rolls no matter who Antetokounmpo wanted to run a two-man game with.

"We took exception to that hard foul", [Marcus] Smart said.

But before this advancing win, the Kiwis chose to put on a display of national pride, one that is always fun to watch on video.


"We showed a crowd every time he touched it", Smart said.

"Team USA is very risky and we have to be 100 percent prepared for that game", Skourtopoulos said.

Beyond being the only two Americans to finish in double figures, both Walker and Mitchell served as steadying forces on the offensive end with their patience, pace and playmaking for others. But one thing I'll say is when you play for the national team, you don't only play for yourself.

You can see the play below. The problem is the rest of his squad shot 14-55 from the field which translates to 25%.

It's only halfway toward the journey, the U.S.is 4-0 in the World Cup but has four more left.

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