The San Antonio Spurs were well-represented in this morning’s exhibition game between Team USA and the Boomers of Australia.
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.