Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker named captains of Team USA

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2019

Team USA's roster is now at 13 players, which means they only have one more cut to make before they head to China for the World Cup which begins on August 31. "We played in front of 55,000 people - there's going to be nerves, guys are going to be geeked up and ready to go".

"It was an awesome opportunity", Mills said.

Walker was one the keys for the second-half resurgence for the Americans, scoring 21 of his 23 points after halftime.

"Obviously they are a good team and there were things that we did which led to them making some shots and feeling pretty good about life".

Many more of the 51,218 fans at the game appeared to have a great time with thousands firing up their phone lights for a fan activity before the fourth quarter.

Despite the huge crowd, Australian media reported that some fans were issued refunds because they bought tickets based on promotional materials depicting Stephen Curry and LeBron James - who were part of the US player pool when the deal was struck past year to play these games.

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Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier in the day, and the negotiations are scheduled to continue for at least two days. Japan also hopes for a timely deal to avoid being slapped with up to 25% tariffs on automobile exports to the United States.

The original plan for the game was to have Australia's best side against Team USA's best side but the closeness of the upcoming FIBA World Cup to National Basketball Association training camp means many superstars have pulled out. Obviously, they are not part of the current U.S. men's national basketball team roster. Still, the Boomers starting lineup included four National Basketball Association players: Mills, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova. It encompasses gold-medal runs at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the FIBA Americas tournament in 2007.

Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs played the least amount of minutes, getting just under three minutes of game action.

Even the VIP section was a let down for some, with Australian actor Russell Crowe saying people who chose to watch from home had made a "good decision".

Russell Crowe has added his voice to the condemnation of the seating arrangements at the Boomers' clash with Team USA at Marvel Stadium.

But they boast top young talent and will use the games in Australia to refine their identity.

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