U.S.A. Stunned by Lithuania at FIBA World Cup 2023

At the FIBA World Cup, the U.S. men’s basketball team lost to longtime European power Lithuania, but they still made it to the quarterfinals and, with a 4-1 record, qualified for the Olympics.

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FIBA World Cup In Manila on Sunday, Lithuania defeated the United States 110-104 to earn the top spot in the group. Led by NBA veteran Jonas Valanciunas but lacking All-NBA 7-footer Domantas Sabonis.

This group-stage finale was played solely for seeding since both teams had already secured berths in the quarterfinals last week. Being one of the top two teams from the Americas at the World Cup qualified the United States for the Olympics.

For USA Basketball, qualifying for Paris is a positive thing, but it doesn’t lessen the anguish of the loss we experienced tonight for us. Steve Kerr, the national team’s head coach, stated. I won’t lie; I’m not concerned about the Olympics. Concerned about this. We aim to prevail at the World Cup.

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Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchup pits the second-placed United States against another group winner, Italy.

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Two days after Montenegro kept the Americans close before the Americans broke away to win by 12, Lithuania jumped out to a quick 31-12 advantage after the first quarter.

Kerr remarked, “I didn’t feel like we let you down. We were immediately struck in the mouth by them. They immediately made each shot. They performed. It wasn’t because we weren’t prepared, in my opinion. They played a flawless first quarter, and I believe we realized how difficult the rest of the game would be after that.

Despite Anthony Edwards scoring a game-high 35 points, Lithuania outrebounded the United States 43-27 and made 14 of 25 three-point attempts.

Kerr confessed, “I hate to lose.” “I certainly won’t get much sleep tonight, but we needed to feel this to heal. The way we responded was the right one. We must begin the following game as we finished the previous one. The game cannot be started slowly at all.

After two losses at the 2019 FIBA World Cup (en route to a program-worst seventh-place finish) and a setback in the group stages of the Tokyo Olympics (en route to a fourth consecutive gold), the United States has now lost at least one game at three straight international competitions.

Earlier, in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, the United States won the Olympic or world titles without losing a match.

There are no players on the U.S. team for this World Cup who have competed in the Olympics or a FIBA World Cup before, and there are also no NBA All-Stars on the roster.

Having won bronze medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, Lithuania advanced to the quarterfinals of seven straight Olympic competitions from 1992 to 2016 but was disqualified from the Tokyo Games.

Source:- U.S. stunned by Lithuania at FIBA World Cup, still advances, qualifies for Olympics

What’s next for Team USA after loss to Lithuania?

Team USA lost to second place in Group J standings after the loss against Lithuania. The top two teams from Groups I, J, K, and L each secured a seat in the tournament’s quarterfinals, so finishing second in the group is enough to proceed.

For Team USA to win gold in Manila, they must now win three straight games. The Americans’ quest resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 8:40 a.m. ET when they take on Italy.

The unbeaten Germany and Latvia team that has shocked everyone by making it to the quarterfinals are also on Team USA’s side of the draw.

After some troubling trends against Montenegro and Lithuania, Team USA will need to make a turnaround in order to move on. How concerned ought Team USA to be?

Rebounding has been the main issue with Team USA’s performance throughout the second round of group play. The Americans were outrebounded 92-58 over the course of two games, with Jaren Jackson Jr., the starting center, grabbing just one rebound.

I looked at how much of a problem Team USA would have rebounding after the scare from Montenegro. Even though may have underestimated the team’s poor rebounding, the fact remains that rebounding alone won’t be enough to defeat this American squad.

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Team USA at FIBA Basketball World Cup: Quarterfinals schedule

Here is a look at Team USA’s road to gold at the FIBA World Cup:

DateMatchupRoundTime (ET)
Sept. 5Lithuania vs. SerbiaQuarter-Finals4:45 a.m.
Sept. 5Italy vs. USAQuarter-Finals8:40 a.m.
Sept. 6Germany vs. LatviaQuarter-Finals4:45 a.m.
Sept. 6Canada vs. SloveniaQuarter-Finals8:30 a.m.
Sept. 8TBDSemi-FinalsTBD
Sept. 8TBDSemi-FinalsTBD
Sept. 10TBDThird Place4:30 a.m.
Sept. 10TBDChampionship8:40 a.m.
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The winner of the contest between Italy and Team USA will go on to play the victor of the contest between Germany and Latvia. On the other side of the bracket, Lithuania and Serbia will compete for the chance to play the winner of the match between Canada and Slovenia.

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