Gregg Popovich defends Team USA after rough World Cup: Critics are immature, arrogant – AOL

Gregg Popovich defends Team USA after rough World Cup: Critics are \immature, arrogant\ - AOL
US men settle for seventh place in basketball World Cup
Derrick White replaced an injured Kemba Walker at point guard in the starting lineup, and didnt miss a beat. The third-year San Antonio Spur assisted on four of the Americans first five buckets and got himself on the board with 5 points in the opening period.

Derrick White replaces Kemba Walker in the starting lineup for the USA. Walker out with a sore neck, and this means the Americans are without 75 percent of their Celtics today.

Despite some dogged play, the Poles couldnt get close enough to threaten, but there will be soul-searching rather than celebration for the Americans who entered as favourites but finished seventh after defeats to France and Serbia.

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The U.S. led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter and saw five of their players score at least 5 points in the first half behind a balanced attack. Khris Middleton paced all scorers with 11 points, and Derrick White dished out a game-high 5 assists as their squad entered the locker room up 47-30 over Poland.

Donovan Mitchell made five of his six field goal attempts as he registered a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, and his team shot 48% from behind the three-point line.

Basketball news – USA save face with seventh-place win over Poland

Team USA shot a ridiculous 62% beyond the arc in the first half, but couldnt manage to maintain that momentum in the third quarter. Poland cut their 17-point deficit to single digits and clawed their way back into the contest on the hot hands of Adam Waczynski and Mateusz Ponitka.

Despite another scare early in the final frame, Donovan Mitchell stepped up to the challenge and came through with a huge fourth quarter for the United States. The Utah Jazz star scored 5 points and handed out 6 dimes, finishing the outing with a team-leading 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

One game removed from knocking off Team USA, France suffered a shocking 80-66 upset to Argentina, a team that boasts no current NBA players on its roster. However, a former NBA player, who apparently has discovered the fountain of youth, absolutely went off. 39-year-old Luis Scola, who enjoyed a 10-year NBA career, was prolific, notching 28 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from deep, including a pair of back-to-back threes late in the game to clinch it.

FINAL: USA 87, Poland 74@spidadmitchell scores a team-high 16 pts., Joe Harris adds 14 & we close out the #FIBAWC with a win in Beijing!#USAGotGame

Team USA struggled to fill its roster throughout the tournament, too. Many notable players skipped the tournament — which managing director Jerry Colangelo didnt appreciate — and only had nine healthy players for the final game on Sunday after losing Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart to injuries.

Joe Harris, Khris Middleton, Derrick White and Harrison Barnes joined Mitchell in double-figures with 14, 13, 12 and 10 points respectively. Myles Turner wasnt able to find the range, but his 4 blocks and imposing presence in the paint were key to keeping the Polish to just 40% shooting in the game.

Bogdan Bogdanovic made more 3-pointers than seven national teams in 2019 World Cup

Derrick White was spectacular in his first start for Team USA and looked like the best player on the court at times. He pestered opposing ball handlers, cashed in a couple of and-ones, and ended his World Cup campaign with 7 of the United States 29 total assists.

With the score 58 – 58, Serbia turned up the heat to close the third quarter up 69 – 62. The “Orlovi” kept pushing in the fourth period with Nikola Milutinov (14 points, seven rebounds) and Nikola Jokic (seven points, seven assists, 14 rebounds) entering the offensive equation.

While Poland made the Americans sweat, they were simply outclassed by NBA pedigree athletes. Adam Waczynski, Mateusz Ponitka, and A.J. Slaughter combined for 50 points, but the rest of their rotation lacked the firepower necessary to pull off the upset.

The Czech Republic completed the tournament at a historic-best sixth spot. Patrik Auda dropped a team-high 16 points for the losing squad that was up 30 – 43 in the mid of the second period but lost track after the break.

Team USA took home 7th place by defeating Poland, though they failed to medal at this event for the first time since 2002. Between the indomitable hurdles of injuries and superstar withdraws, its no surprise Gregg Popovich and the United States National Team struggled to find a rhythm.

Thanks also to the 7/12 3-pointers he scored in the win over Czech Republic, Bogdanovic finished with 35 3-pointers made out of 66 attempts in 28.0 minutes over eight matches. This is more than the 3-point sum with which the following national teams finished the tournament: Dominican Republic (33 in five games), Jordan (32 in five games), Senegal (30 in five games), Japan (27 in five games), China (27 in five games), Puerto Rico (25 in five games) and Lithuania (tournament-low 23 in five games).

The results were mediocre by the lofty expectations of a historically dominant program, but it was always going to be an uphill battle for this group. Luckily, the U.S. will have an opportunity to re-establish their world dominance when they travel to Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Serbia guard Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the 2019 World Cup with some phenomenal stats, including the number of 3-pointers he made in the tournament.

For USA Basketball, summer ended Saturday with an 87-74 win over Poland in the seventh-place game at the World Cup in Beijing, the lowest finish ever by a US team in a major international tournament. Donovan Mitchell finished with 16 points and 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14, and the US team wrapped up its stay in China with a 6-2 record. If you dont win, some people will play the blame game, US coach Gregg Popovich said. Theres no blame to be placed anywhere. They play the shame game, like we should be ashamed because we didnt win a gold medal? Thats a ridiculous attitude. Its immature. Its arrogant. And it shows that whoever thinks that doesnt respect all the other teams in the world and doesnt respect that these guys did the best they could. Khris Middleton had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Americans. Derrick White scored 12 and Harrison Barnes added 10 for the US team, which led by 17 at the half but had to stave off a Poland rally in the final minutes. Kemba Walker (neck) didnt play, joining Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Smart (left hand) on the US injured list . . . NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the leagues plans told the Associated Press. Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided the leagues board of governors approves the measures Sept. 20.

Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell leads Team USA in seventh-place game win over Poland at FIBA World Cup Reddit Pocket Email Linkedin United States Donovan Mitchell attempts to pass the ball near Polands Mateusz Ponitka at right during a consolation playoff game for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) AP The FIBA World Cup in China certainly didnt go the right way for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Team USA, but Mitchell and the rest of the squad finished on a good note Saturday morning.

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of 14 goals, 29 assists, 152 shots on goal, 91 hits, and 82 games played. He led the Wild with 145 blocked shots and was second behind Ryan Suter in time on ice with an average of 24:09 per game . . . Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its punishment Saturday, saying it followed a meeting in New York on Monday with commissioner Gary Bettman, Kuznetsov, and union representatives. The league did not elaborate on its decision. Kuznetsov will not appeal.

On Sunday morning, Jazz forward Joe Ingles, former University of Utah star Andrew Bogut and the rest of the Australian team will square off against Jazz center Rudy Gobert and France in the third-place game, with tip time scheduled for 2 a.m. MT.

New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley (pulled groin) and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (sprained ankle) have been ruled out for their game Monday night against the Cleveland Browns . . . Browns starting safety Damarious Randall will miss the game with a concussion . . . The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting cornerback A.J. Bouye (hip injury) and receiver Marqise Lee (knee injury) at Houston on Sunday. Lee played 12 snaps last week. Second-year pro Tre Herndon is expected to replace Bouye and make his first career start.

Stewart-Haas Racing surged into the opening race of NASCARs playoffs with a Clint Bowyer-led sweep of the front two rows at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing, meanwhile, struggled across the board in its preparation for Sundays opening playoff race. While SHR put its four Fords in the top four slots, the Gibbs Toyotas qualified in the middle of the pack with Erik Jones the slowest of the 16 playoff drivers. . . Tyler Reddick stretched his final tank of fuel to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and wrap up the regular-season championship.

Poland did earn a spot in one of the four Olympic qualifying tournaments to be held next June. This was the national team’s first FIBA World Cup/World Championship appearance since 1967 and just its second overall. They haven’t been to the Olympics since the 1980 Games in Moscow.

A person who directed racist taunts at Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was banned from attending National Womens Soccer League games. A fan at the Sept. 6 game between the Thorns and Utah Royals in Salt Lake City first called attention to the unidentified person on Twitter. The tweet was later deleted, but both the Thorns and Royals, as well as the league, investigated the incident. The NWSL issued a statement saying the person was identified. In addition to being banned from NWSL matches, the person — who was not identified publicly by the league — was also banned from attending events at Rio Tinto Stadium . . . In MLS, Gyasi Zardes and Luis Diaz scored and the Columbus Crew secured a 3-1 win over Atlanta United. Atlantas Josef Martinez scored for the 14th straight game, extending his MLS record . . . Injuries to Lionel Messi and Barcelonas other top attacking players gave an unknown 16-year-old from Guinea-Bissau the rarest of chances to bring a stunned Camp Nou crowd to its feet. Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score in Barcelonas stadium when he made his first start for the defending champion. After his second-minute opener, Fati also set up a quick second goal as the hosts routed Valencia, 5-2 . . . Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova and seventh-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic advanced to the final of Zhengzhou Open tennis tournament in China with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ajla Tomljanovic  . . . Primoz Roglic is poised to win his first Grand Tour after protecting his comfortable lead of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race on a rainy and mountainous penultimate stage. Roglic had little trouble responding to the attacks by his rivals over the 118-mile ride with five categorized climbs from Arenas de San Pedro to a summit finish at Plataforma de los Gredos in the mountains west of Madrid.

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