Updates: 13.07.2021 07:35
Las Vegas (USA) – USA basketball players also lost the second preparatory match for the games in Tokyo, where they will be one of the opponents of the Czech team in the basic group. The three-time gold medalists in Las Vegas lost 83:91 to Australia and recorded two defeats in a row only for the third time since 1992.
The Americans began preparations by defeating 87:90 with Nigeria and now they are not enough for Australia, although they still led by ten points in the third quarter. However, the guests turned the score around and the opponents did not allow a single basket from the field for the last four and a half minutes.
“I think it was better today,” the AP quoted US coach Greg Popovich as saying. “We’re only together for a while, so we still have to work on a lot of things. But in the first half we defended as we wanted. We jumped well, played at pace and held the ball. We ran out of strength after the break,” he added.
The Americans have lost two games in a row for the third time since 1992, when NBA players were able to compete in the Olympics for the first time. So far, the USA team has recorded two defeats in a row only at the world championships in 2002 and 2019. In the first case, it finished sixth and in the second seventh, just behind the Czech national team.
“This is not the first time I have seen an American team play a challenging match. I may not have seen it lose twice in a row, but I have already seen the opponent get them in a tight spot,” said Damian Lillard, who was the top scorer in the United States with 22 points. “Opponents are improving, their players are improving, they have more confidence, but most of all they want to beat us at all costs. And it’s definitely visible on the board,” he added.
“To be competitive, we have to play one hundred percent in defense. Especially against such a strong opponent as the Americans. And today it was not bad at all. We had a good transition phase and changed clear baskets. But we still have a lot of work to do, because since I’m waiting for us more, “added Australia’s best scorer Patty Mills with 22 points.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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