Jaylen Brown was efficient & effective on both ends of the court in victory over second-ranked Spain in exhibition.
In their 90-81 win over second-ranked Spain, Team USA battled frequent turnovers (23 in the game) but took the game with tough defense, strong rebounding (42 boards) and dead-eye shooting accuracy (55% on field goals, 58% on treys). The game was never in serious doubt, and though the offense was sloppy, the USA crew played unselfishly and with great chemistry.
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell started the game, and it looks like they are a lock for starting back court in China. Kemba came away with 11 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. Jayson Tatum racked up 11 points, five rebounds and a notable four assists.
But it was Jaylen Brown who came away with a Team Shamrock-high plus/minus of +9. He played only 10 minutes but scored nine points on 4-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, while grabbing four rebounds. Both members of the Jay Team had great court-awareness out there, and it seems as though both have made strides in this portion of their games.
After Brown’s quiet showing in Team USA’s intrasquad scrimmage last week, he needed this game. He was efficient and effective in his somewhat-brief appearance on the court. My impression is that his two-way play in last night’s victory earned him a spot on the final 12-man roster. No decisions had been made on the final two cuts as of this writing prior to the team heading to Australia. Stay with us for further developments.
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