The win allowed Antetokounmpo to take his national team squad to the second round where he will have to take on the likes of Team USA, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. With both team's projected to be two of the top dogs in the Eastern Conference this year, coupled with the past two postseasons, it should be expected that the teams could find themselves playing in more outings in the playoffs.
Antetokounmpo was assessed a common foul, but some on Team USA were still bothered by the incident postgame. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell added 10 points of his own.
Jeff Van Gundy, who has done a lot of praising of Antetokounmpo as lead analyst for ABC and ESPN, has changed roles and is acting as head scout for Team USA now. They conclude their event with a game against the strong Turkey side (losers by a single point to USA) on Monday. It stemmed from a late game play when Harrison Barnes made a steal and had a breakaway dunk but Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Giannis' brother) tried to make a chase-down block.
He said in the weeks leading up to the tournament that he would trade the MVP award for the World Cup crown. But the USA, devoid of superstars with significant national team experience, needed a strong performance against Japan to further jell as a national team, especially with Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum out with injury.
"Game was over, so probably was a frustration play or something of that nature", Barnes said.
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Against the United States the Greek national team showed an improved defense but came up against a well-prepared side that at times left the Greek players without any attacking options. "It's a very good team and we'll have to be 100 percent ready if we want to go against them and take the victory against this great team". Although they only had two players in double figures, they did have two more with at least nine points. This was not an attractive game but now more than a month into watching this group, it's clear that a world title is going to come ugly if it comes at all.
You can see the play below.
There was an small altercation involving Giannis and Jaylen Brown at the end of the game.
It's only halfway toward the journey, the U.S.is 4-0 in the World Cup but has four more left.
Nando De Colo sunk a fadeaway jump shot with 15 seconds of the match remaining to put France three points clear of Lithuania, who saw Jonas Maciulis fail to make a buzzer-beating shot from beyond the arc.