San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich and Team USA take down Patty Mills’ Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: Patrick Mills of the Boomers and the San Antonio Spurs and Donovan Mitchell of the USA compete for the ball during the International Basketball Friendly match between the Australian Boomers and Team USA United States of America at Marvel Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: Patrick Mills of the Boomers and the San Antonio Spurs and Donovan Mitchell of the USA compete for the ball during the International Basketball Friendly match between the Australian Boomers and Team USA United States of America at Marvel Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs were well-represented in this morning’s exhibition game between Team USA and the Boomers of Australia.

We knew there would be a few San Antonio Spurs facing off in today’s game between Team USA and Australia as Gregg Popovich led his squad down under to face Patty Mills and the Boomers.

Over 50,000 fans showed up to the arena in Melbourne to watch the two squads put on a show, but the Australians went home disappointed as America took down the Boomers by a score of 102-86.

Patty Mills had a strong showing against Coach Pop as he led the team with 19 points, but it was not enough to take down a USA squad that doesn’t have the same star power as they have in recent years.

In the week leading up to this game, Popovich joked that Patty should hand him Australia’s playbook although Pop’s squad probably didn’t need to know the opposition’s plays to come out victorious.

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Spurs fans that woke up early to watch this one were pretty disappointed to see Derrick White riding the bench until Team USA had the game in hand with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

There has been plenty of positive buzz regarding White’s performance during Team USA’s camp, but it remains to be seen whether he will make the final roster for the FIBA World Cup.

Team USA’s roster is currently at 13 players, which means they only have one more cut to make before they head to China for the World Cup which begins on August 31.

White is squarely on the bubble right now, and he’ll need another strong performance to secure his spot on the World Cup squad.

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These two teams will face off again on Saturday, which will hopefully provide White another opportunity to get some real playing time against his Spurs teammate Patty Mills and make a positive impression with Coach Pop.

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