- Nigeria defeated the United States 90-87, which featured a preliminary quintet that included Damian Lillard, Kevin Durante and Bradley Beal.
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Cancun, S.; ru. On Monday, the US basketball team will face its second exhibition game, now against Australia, before going to Olympic Games from Tokyo. Team USA wants to show that they have learned from their defeat to Nigeria at the weekend, only their third in their history in a friendly match. With more days of training, coach Greg Popovich hopes to see a stronger team.
Nigeria defeated the United States 90-87, which featured a preliminary quintet that included Damian Lillard, Kevin Durante and Bradley Beal. The Nigerians took advantage of the fact that their opponents only had four days of work and through a physical match and three shots they were able to win.
“In a way, I’m glad (the loss) happened,” Gregg Popovich said after the match. The coach noted, “This defeat means nothing if we do not learn from it. But it may be the most important thing in this tournament for us, to learn lessons from that and see what we did to move forward. Because it is a great group of boys, they have a lot of character and we will find out” , complete.
Its next challenger will be Australia, a team that sits third in the FIBA rankings. The next day they will face Argentina.
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