If you think that Nigeria, just nine years ago, lost 83 points in the Olympics to Team USA, Tonight’s outcome seems difficult to explain. Instead, it’s all real: for the first time, an African national team has beaten a United States that seemed (almost) out of reach.
90-87 fulfilling at the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas has several key points: a roster made up of many good NBA players, a coach Mike Brown (Assistant to Steve Care in the Golden State Warriors), 20/42 from three points and the absence of three key men from the American team because they participate in the NBA Finals, and they Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Chris Middleton e Jrue holiday (Milwaukee Bucks).
A hit, this, says at least three things: Nigeria could be among the squad that could get the medal, Italy would have a very dangerous opponent in their group, and the United States certainly couldn’t bring gold. from home. In this case, 21 points from Gabe Vincent, author of Six Times In A Night Kevin Durant Wasn’t So Bad (17).
Greg Popovich He said he was somewhat happy that this result had been achieved: “It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t learn from it. It might be the most important thing in this tournament for us“.
This is not the first time that the United States has lost before an important tournament: with the approach of the 2004 Olympics, the defeat by Italy arrived, in the approach of the 2019 World Cup, it was Australia that beat Team USA. On these two occasions, the list of stars and bars was completed.
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