Canada showed more desire and desire than the United States in the fight for bronze at the World Cup. For the selection of the Badalonese Jordi Fernandez, which continues to raise its price, this is the first medal in its entire history and an excellent reward for the work of the championship, with victories against France, Spain or Doncic’s Slovenia. In the team of Steve Kerr only gold served him. The loss against their northern neighbor in extra time added to their disappointment (118-127).
The tournament in the Philippines is not, of course, one of the great memories of USA Basketball. He came with a mission: to reclaim the champion crown. But he crashed, against the odds, and with all the laws, in the semifinal against Germany. And he didn’t even give himself the consolation of the third place, which is the first time that happened since recruiting NBA players. The four times he played for bronze, it was his. Worse, neither Brandon Ingram, Paolo Banchero and Jaren Jackson They dress short. Sick leave, the federation reported.
The unexpected hero of the meeting was Dillon Brooks, dismissed with shouts of MVP, MVP! (who would have thought a few days ago?), with permission from Gilgeous-Alexander, big throughout the game (31 points) and, especially in overtime. Perhaps tired of assuming the role of the villain throughout the tournament, Brooks changed the cast and kept the lead role, however Anthony Edwards (24 points) it was discussed for several minutes and again Mikal Bridges who, with four seconds left, with four down (107-111), scored a free throw, missed the next one, recovered the rebound and scored a stratospheric triple to force overtime. Olynyk He tried the last six tenths, but his triple was spit out on the rim.
From villain to killer
It was a night to show off and everyone was excited. However Brooks He made the most of it to show in front of his NBA teammates and send the message that he is more than a spoiled defensive specialist (yes, that role that brought him a bad reputation) and that can he is a Lethal ‘killer’ when given the chance. What a recital he has given since he set foot on the hardwood.
It reached 21 points at halftime. At 39 in the end, his personal record. He made his first six triples without a miss and finished 7 of 8 overall, to the delight of Houston Rockets which incorporated him this summer from Memphis Grizzlies who will surely be missed, if only because of the speed and energy he transmitted when he was on the track.
deer He entered the match as if nothing happened in the match, but he got more heated as the match went on and decided that he had to fight it out, if only for pride. Edwards He was in charge of pulling his teammates, but Reaves and Bridges also showed up in the second half, while Brooks, Gilgeous-Alexander and, at times, Barrett also raised the tension in a game that featured great actions, attacks, triples, some NBA-style dunks, (also with the final crossing of the cable in Porter, eliminated for his second unsportsmanlike behavior) to the delight of the spectators at the Mall of Asia Arena, who enjoyed the spectacle of the stars of North America.
USA: Brunson (13), Hart (10), Bridges (19), Edwards (24), Kessler (6) –cinco inicial- Haliburton (6), Johnson (3), Portis (14), Reaves (23)
10 of 27 triples (Bridges, 3), 45 rebounds, 15 offensive (Bridges, 9), 21 assists (Haliburton 7)
Canada: Gilgeous-Alexander (31), Dort (11), Brooks (), RJ Barrett (23), Powell (4) –cinco inicial- Alexander-Walker (5), Ejim (3), Alexander (), Oylnyk (11) , Edey (-), Scrubb (-),
17 of 37 triples (Brooks, 7), 40 rebounds, 11 offensive (Powell, 7), 29 assists (Gilgeous-Alexander, 12)
Partials: 25-34; 31-24; 26-33; 29-20; 7-16