The new Boston Celtics star has shot a sparkling 50% from the floor despite being often the smallest player on the court at 6-foot-1, along with a 41.2% clip from long-range - an area the USA has struggled with through the course of the tournament.
"You say I've played my best in the last three games is subjective, whatever opportunity I get I try to take advantage of it", he said. But the numbers are strong on both ends of the floor, and they don't include any minutes against Japan. The U.S. men will be in the Olympics for the 19th time next summer, with 15 gold medals, one silver, and two bronze.
"We're thrilled that we're qualified for the Olympics", Popovich said.
The 2 assists and 1 block see us get in Brazil's Bruno Caboclo as the first player into our side in this facet. "I've definitely gotten used to it". "I think when you look at past U.S. teams, scoring has not been an issue".
U.S.: The U.S. pushed its winning streak in major worldwide tournaments - Olympics, World Cup and FIBA Americas - with National Basketball Association players to 58 straight games.
France awaits the US on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Apart from the Czechs and Americans, also already through to the quarterfinals in China are the French and Australians.
Serbia and Spain (potential opponents in the semifinals or final) bring similar offensive looks to Australia, playing off their centers in the high post. Brazil are going to offer ample chances to US to turn over possession, something which will see Barnes heavily involved in today's match as the two way players looks to contribute in both sides of the court for his side.
In Nanjing, Australia avoided facing the United States in the quarterfinals - though the Boomers might have welcomed the matchup.
The victory did earn the USA a spot in the 2020 Olympics without having to go through the qualifying tournament.
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Even without Jayson Tatum, it is clear that Team USA is coming together nicely as the FIBA World Cup progresses.
Having struggled to defeat Turkey in overtime in the first round, this Team USA missing its megastars seems to be warming to the task.
Brazil will go onto lose this one and with be shunted out of the running in to make it to the quarter-finals.
The US has displayed a superb defense in the World Cup. They'll first have to beat France on Wednesday, however.
Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday in the final second-round game of the tournament. The victory put Australia at the top of its group with France finishing second.
Back to the last day of the second round.
Australia vs Czech Republic, 9 a.m. Varejao and Barbosa scored 14 points each.
Spain and France are at 19/1 and 31/1 respectively, while Australia and Argentina are 40/1 and 85/1 outsiders and Czech Republic and Poland are 250/1 and 400/1 long shots.
Czech Republic beats Greece, Brazil beats United States by 22.