2019 FIBA World Cup (previously known as the World Championships)

HODGEYROAD

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Be a tough game against Spain that we will go in as slight underdogs. USA might have only had their D team but they still had the roster with the most talent, so a QF exit isn't acceptable.
 

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Total_Juddshanks

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That was Bogut's first really good game of the tournament, beautiful passing out of the post.

When you think about it, this may be the Boomers' best ever chance to win an international gold. Not at Tokyo, not next world cup, here right now, this week.

Given how badly things went for them at this cup, you can guarantee the US will name an unstoppable team for the next Olympics, and we might never again hit this sweet spot with a skilled, highly experienced group who are all healthy and in good form, led by Mills who is playing the tournament of his life- only two winnable games from the gold.

Simply put if they keep their cool and execute well they can win it from here.

The major problem is turnovers- they're giving away about 8-10 easy transition points a game. On one hand the fact they're still winning even after that shows how solid their half court game is, so if they can handle the ball better they'll beat Spain.
 

Luuuc

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Turnovers have hurt, but I would say our main problem right now is fatigue. Which is not helped by Spain having an extra day off compared to us.

The schedule is brutal, and key players are already looking like it's affecting them.
 

Satan

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Turnovers have hurt, but I would say our main problem right now is fatigue. Which is not helped by Spain having an extra day off compared to us.
Agree and most of the nba boys are on the second group ( other than Ingles) in their nba team . Add to the fact that they have traveled a bit in the last few games. Thought Ingles off night was fatigue related.
 

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samFFC

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Turnovers have hurt, but I would say our main problem right now is fatigue. Which is not helped by Spain having an extra day off compared to us.

The schedule is brutal, and key players are already looking like it's affecting them.
Not sure I agree. We outlasted France, and same for Czech.
We can't afford a slow start against Spain but we aren't suffering down the stretch, at least yet.

100% agree that the schedule should be balanced though - 2 vs 3 days seems dumb.
 

StrappingTape

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Been an interesting world cup but with the Tokyo Olympics around the corner it's been disappointing to see a load of teams not at full strength. That being said it is looking good that the Olympics is going to be absolutely loaded all over the shop when all the big stars roll in for the pinnacle of basketball. If the Boomers want an international medal this is going to be our best shot in maybe a long time as the Olympics even with Simmons are going to be an absolute fight to the death with the big boys all rolling in.
 

StrappingTape

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Well dangit. Love Steph Curry with all my heart but that means he's probably playing in the 2020 Olympics against us now that a team with all stars at best couldn't get it done.
This USA team was trash, it was good for betting though as there was no way they were going to beat France, way too small and with two useless bigs. Any USA team starting Joe harris is not going to go far especially when their two weapons both ended up missing through injury in Kuzma and Tatum. Anyway all the countries want most is Olympic gold so most teams are going to have a way better squad come September next year not just the USA.
 

Bleedblueandgold

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Turnovers have hurt, but I would say our main problem right now is fatigue. Which is not helped by Spain having an extra day off compared to us.

The schedule is brutal, and key players are already looking like it's affecting them.
Practically having only 9 useable players doesn't help with the fatigue either.
 

Dr Awkward

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Our team is great, really good balance. You got multiple guys that can shoot the 3, a lot of good passers and then good defenders and rim protectors. Even if someone is having an off night it's likely someone else will step up.

Arguably the biggest game in Boomers history, given the opportunity to go on and win gold.
 

shniko11

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Be a tough game against Spain that we will go in as slight underdogs. USA might have only had their D team but they still had the roster with the most talent, so a QF exit isn't acceptable.
Well if the USA D's are the only ones that wanted to play they deserve what they got. Getting out of bed without getting payed must be so hard for the best players on the planet.

At least the Australian team want to be there and represent their country and it shows. One thing I've noticed is Lemanis is coaching with alot of confidence with the talented group he has. Spain won't be easy sure but i can't wait.

Hope we win gold while Simmonds and co are watching.
 

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