San Antonio Spurs: Team USA takes down Canada in final tuneup game
By Andrew Ites
Led by two San Antonio Spurs, Team USA defeated Canada in their final exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and his point guard Derrick White joined the rest of Team USA for a trip to Australia to play three exhibition games in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The Americans split two games against Australia, including a loss where Patty Mills dropped 30 points, but Team USA bounced back to pick up a victory in their third and final exhibition game against Canada.
The US jumped out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back as they cruised to an 84-68 win.
Derrick White had taken a scary spill during the second game of the exhibition series against the Aussies, but he was able to escape with just four stitches and no signs of a concussion.
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White was able to get some significant playing time thanks to America’s comfortable lead in the second half as the Spurs point guard scored six points with one rebound and one assist in nearly 13 minutes on the floor.
White’s roster spot was secured a couple of days ago when Kyle Kuzma found out he would be out for the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury.
Hopefully White will get some good playing time off the bench once the World Cup begins in China when Team USA opens the tournament against the Czech Republic on September 1st.
This win over Canada was important for Gregg Popovich’s squad to build some confidence after crumbling down the stretch against Australia and snapping a 78-game international winning streak.
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Going into China for the World Cup off of a comfortable win over our neighbors to the north is exactly what Team USA wanted to accomplish today.