Wednesday, March 25, 2020

With the loss to France, Team USA will be heading home.  A good portion of the Boston Celtics will be returning soon and the team can get started with their training camp.  Here’s a very quick recap of the game.

Any time you can watch players from your favorite team, represent their respective countries in a World Cup tournament, it’s something special.  This year, fans of the Boston Celtics were spoiled by having six members of the team playing in the tournament.  Team USA included Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown.  Daniel Theis joined the German team, while Vincent Poirier joined France.

Team USA was defeated by France 89-79 this morning.  The loss put an end to a streak of 58 consecutive wins with NBA players in international competition.  For the first time since 2006 Team USA won’t win the gold.  If there was more production out of Team USA today, they could have stolen the victory from the French.

As a whole, Team USA only shot 44.6% from the field.  With the exception of Donovan Mitchell, Team USA didn’t come ready to play.  Mitchell logged in team highs of 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals for Team USA, which wasn’t enough to pull away with a victory.

The Boston Celtics teammates, played fairly well today.  Marcus Smart was the next highest in points for Team USA, recording 11 on 3/5 shooting, along with 2 assists.  Jaylen Brown scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Kemba Walker had a rough day on the court, only logging in 10 points on the day.  Tatum was held out again due to his ankle injury.  Kemba and Marcus both missed 2 free throws at the end of the game.  Walker is an 83.5% career free throw shooter.  Today just wasn’t his best game, and he acknowledged that:

“That hurt bad man, just to miss those two free throws.  I really wanted to make those for my teammates.  But sometimes that’s the way the ball goes.  Very, very unfortunate, but now it’s nothing I can control.” – Kemba Walker

Other than Mitchell and the Boston Celtics teammates, there wasn’t much production from anyone else.  Mason Plumlee and Brooke Lopez didn’t score at all.  Myles Turner only scored 2 points, while Derrick White and Harrison Barnes each had 4.  Joe Harris and Kris Middleton each scored 5 points.  You can’t win any game with numbers like these.

Now that it’s over for Team USA, the Boston Celtics can get a start on their training camp and off-season programs with their core group of guys.  Returning home with less than a month before the preseason, is going to be a good thing, considering: Kemba hasn’t really practiced with his new team yet, and Tatum is now nursing an ankle injury.

Even though Team USA didn’t come out victorious this time around, I feel like fans are looking forward for their teams to get back together and start training camp.  It may not feel like it, but the start to the NBA season is right around the corner.

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