Team USA hit with stunning loss in the FIBA World Cup that comes with a worse fate
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- Team USA was knocked out of the FIBA World Cup by France on Wednesday, ending a 58-game international winning streak with NBA players.
- The U.S. was short-handed, with many of the NBA's best dropping out of the event, leaving a thin roster reliant on several young players and veterans.
- Instead of going home, the U.S. now plays Serbia, one of the competition's best teams, in the "losers'" bracket.
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Team USA was knocked out of the 2019 FIBA World Cup by France on Wednesday in a stunning, 89-79 loss.The loss ends a 58-game international winning streak with NBA players by the U.S.
After taking a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, however, France than rallied, going on an 18-5 run, spearheaded by the play of three NBA countrymen, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, and Frank Ntilikina.The 2019 roster was the weakest in recent memory for U.S. Basketball, with notable withdrawals including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Bradley Beal, and more.
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Now, however, Team USA doesn't simply get to go home. They are now entered into the third-place bracket, set to face Serbia, a team who many thought could beat the U.S. before they lost a stunning upset to Argentina. The U.S. not only gets a tough Serbia team, with no chance at winning gold, but they must also compete in the "losers'" bracket. If they fall to Serbia, they'll play for 7th place.Perhaps one silver lining of the loss is it could rejuvenate top stars to take place in international competition, particularly in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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