Team USA Drops Second Straight Exhibition Game Before Olympics Run
All isn’t well for Team USA Basketball right now.
Team USA lost its second straight exhibition game, this time falling 91-83 to Australia. Jayson Tatum put in a basket with 4:33 left to give the US an 82-80 lead, and that was the team’s last field goal of the game. The Australian team closed out the game on an 11-1 run.
The Australian teams has numerous NBA players on its roster, including Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, and Matisse Thybulle, who all led the team in scoring.
The US has now lost four of its last five games going back to the 2019 World Cup. They have lost consecutive exhibition games for the first time since pros began playing for the national team in 1992. While these are just exhibition play, Team USA’s flaws are clearly showing. The team’s lack of big men and the combination of the rest of the world has simply gotten a lot better in basketball, could make for an interesting Olympics.