Cooperative exertion helps US men’s ball voyage past Greece, into World Cup second round

U.S. men’s b-ball mentor Steve Kerr had savvy words while surveying his go-to fellow for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

He stated, “It’s going to be somebody different from one game to the next.”

It was the Orlando Sorcery’s Paolo Banchero in the USA’s Reality Cup opener against New Zealand on Saturday, and against Greece on Monday, it was various somebodies for the Americans: New York Knicks Elite player Jalen Brunson, Minnesota Timberwolves Top pick Anthony Edwards and Los Angeles Lakers watch Austin Reaves featured in a 109-81 triumph, which gave the U.S. a 2-0 record in Gathering C play and a spot in the second round of gathering play.

Reaves had 15 focuses, six helps and five bounce back, Brunson had 13 focuses on 5-for-5 shooting and Edwards added 13 focuses.

Greece had 17 points scored by Georgios Papagiannis.

Key stretches in US triumph

The U.S. had a 15-1 disagreement the second quarter that transformed a 27-24 lead into a 42-15 benefit, and it outscored Greece 29-19 in the second from last quarter for an agreeable 79-56 lead headed into the final quarter.

Adjusted scoring for the US

Every one of the 12 U.S. players scored, 11 had something like five focuses, and eight scored somewhere around eight focuses. Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis scored his 10 focuses in the final part; Mikal Bridges of the Brooklyn Nets, Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers, and Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies each scored nine points; Brooklyn’s Cam Johnson and Banchero both had eight focuses.

New York’s Josh Hart gathered six focuses, 11 bounce back and five helps.

The U.S. shot 57% from the field, 41% on 3-pointers and 88% on 34 free toss endeavors.

US depending on guard

Greece shot 48% from the field however only 30% on 3-pointers, and the U.S. impeded seven shots, constrained seven turnovers and outrebounded Greece 40-25. Greece’s turnovers cost Team USA 21 points, and Team USA outscored Greece 32-6 in fastbreak points.

No Giannis Antetokounmpo for Greece

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks isn’t playing for Greece On the planet Cup, yet his sibling Thanasis, who likewise plays for the Bucks, began for Greece against the U.S. He had two focuses and four bounce back − and the game’s greatest dunk on Walker Kessler of the Utah Jazz late.

What was the other outcome in Gathering C?

Monday, New Zealand defeated Jordan 95-87 in overtime to move up to second place in Group C. On Wednesday, it will play Greece, and the team that wins will move on to the next phase of group play. Previous NBA player Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 39 focuses for Jordan.

What’s next for the US in Gathering C?

Jordan faces the United States on Wednesday (4:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2; likewise gushing on for a charge and power outage limitations apply).

The top two teams from Group C will play the top two teams from Group D, and the teams will play games against teams they didn’t play in the first phase of group play. Results, including wins and misfortunes and point differential, extend from the principal stage. Lithuania and Montenegro will progress from Gathering D to frame Gathering J with the U.S. furthermore, one more group from Gathering C.

Greatest dissatisfaction up until this point

France was wiped out from the World Cup after misfortunes to Canada and Latvia, a tremendous dissatisfaction for the country that won silvers at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and 2022 Eurobasket, and bronzes at the 2019 and 2014 World Cup. France is guaranteed a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics because it is the host nation.

What are Tuesday’s large FIBA World Cup games?

Germany versus Finland

Canada versus Latvia

Montenegro versus Lithuania