Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Workforce USA coach Steve Kerr throughout a recreation towards Lithuania within the Fiba World Cup. -FIBA PHOTO

The phrase “studying expertise” isn’t one thing coaches would need to casually toss out on this facet of the globe, the place basketball followers have been recognized to deride the time period after it had been trotted out loads in the course of the disappointing marketing campaign by Gilas Pilipinas within the Fiba World Cup.

But it surely was what coach Steve Kerr stored harping on Sunday night time when Workforce USA was handed a humbling defeat that would go both of two methods for the People, who’re anticipated to be the de facto house workforce for the remainder of the event now that the Philippines has performed its final recreation.

The 110-104 defeat towards the powerful European facet earlier than a packed crowd at Mall of Asia Enviornment may both be detrimental or, within the perspective of the many-time NBA champion mentor, helpful going into the quarterfinal match towards Italy.

“I’m hoping that this can be a lesson and we get higher from this,” Kerr stated after disappointing followers of the NBA flavored squad with its first loss since being fashioned in July.

Considerations in regards to the make-up of the USA roster, particularly with its frontline, have been validated within the ultimate recreation of the second spherical as Lithuania maximized its inside presence behind NBA participant Jonas Valanciunas, leaving his ex-Memphis Grizzlies teammate Jaren Jackson Jr. in foul bother.

However the different main issue within the defeat was how Workforce USA couldn’t cease Lithuania’s scorching taking pictures from past the arc. Good ball motion led to open alternatives and the Lithuanians dropped their first 9 triples.

Makes an attempt of a US comeback led by Anthony Edwards fell brief, and now the squad finds itself caught in a way of urgency.

“We’ve no different selection. If we lose, we go house,” stated Workforce USA guard Jalen Brunson.

Kerr described Lithuania as having a “good first quarter” and can be glad to have a “nice tape to look at” as focus is now on getting the People able to hurdle the knockout stage.

Slovenia, Latvia right here

Tuesday’s recreation is an 8:45 p.m. begin, with Workforce USA hoping to advance towards both Germany, the unbeaten workforce from Okinawa, Japan, and the shock Manila customer Latvia, which got here off an unbelievable efficiency in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I appreciated what occurred,” Kerr stated of the loss. “As a result of this occurs so shortly, deliver collectively the workforce and apply for only a few weeks and also you play for a gold medal. Occurs shortly.

“And it’s totally different. Fiba’s totally different from the NBA. And that’s an enormous focus for us and we discuss it every single day,” he added. “However these guys need to really feel it, these guys need to really feel how good these groups are. Lithuania’s a superb basketball workforce. They transfer, they shoot, they reduce arduous, they’re well-coached so it (the loss) was good for us.”

However studying from it’ll imply that Workforce USA should eliminate the issues that contributed closely to the defeat that now leaves the American facet hoping to regain its standing as basketball’s world champion in a harmful place.

“We’ve to start out the way in which we did within the second half [against Lithuania],” stated Kerr. “We will’t ease into the sport in any respect.”



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