The US lost to Lithuania in the finals of the Basketball World Cup
The United States lost to Lithuania in the finals of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup.
The United States lost 104-110 to Lithuania in the 2023 FIBA World Cup finals Group J match held in Pasay, Philippines on the 3rd (local time).
The United States, which placed second in the group with 4 wins and 1 loss, will face Italy in the quarterfinals.
The United States is currently ranked 2nd in the FIBA rankings, but is recognized by others as the best in the world of basketball.
However, since they lost to France in the quarterfinals of the previous tournament, the 2019 World Cup, and finished in 7th place, they have a special determination going into this tournament.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, considered one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), took the helm and formed the national team with Anthony Edwards (Minnesota), Jaron Jackson Jr. (Memphis), and Jaylen Brunson (New York).
Although the league’s leading players such as LeBron James (LA Lakers) and Kevin Durant (Phoenix) are missing, the team is aiming to ‘regain pride’ by gathering the starting players from each team.
However, on this day, they played poorly against Lithuania, ranked 8th in the FIBA rankings, trailing by as much as 21 points at one point in the second quarter.
Lithuania has one active NBA player, center Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans).
Lithuania, a European basketball powerhouse, had its best performance at the Basketball World Cup in 2010 when it placed 3rd, and also defeated the United States 94-90 at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Edwards scored 35 points on this day, but the United States was unable to overcome the disadvantage of not having a clear center and fell behind 27-43 in rebounds.
Although the United States lost that day, it advanced to the quarterfinals and competed with Italy to advance to the semifinals.
In addition, along with Canada, we also won the right to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics, which is given to the top two American countries in this competition.
The quarterfinals of this Basketball World Cup will be held between the United States and Italy, Germany and Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia, and Canada and Slovenia.