Kuzma out of World Cup with ankle injury; U.S. roster set

Tanya Simon
August 24, 2019

The Australian Boomers have defeated Team USA 98-94 in a pre-World Cup exhibition game on Saturday in Melbourne, breaking a 78 game winning streak spanning 13 years.

It was the first loss for Team USA in a major worldwide tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championships against Greece.

Skipper Walker explained the loss by saying: "They wanted it more than us tonight. But the Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we want to be and how you have to play in this kind of a competition". "This is just one step towards our progress and ultimate goal of creating history and winning a medal, so we're locked in on that focus, for sure". "The first senior men's Australian team to beat an American team".

"He [Ingles] was more impactful in what it is to do with I guess the way we chose to utilise him", Lemanis said post-game.

Boomers fans can dare to dream about a basketball World Cup medal after Australia scored a massive upset win over the United States in Melbourne.

Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers was ruled out of USA Basketball's exhibition game at Australia on Saturday with left ankle soreness.

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Up against his San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovic, Mills' quickness on cuts and shooting proved troublesome for Team USA, who tried multiple defenders on the speedy guard.

The Boston Celtics point guard finished with 22 points, while Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes added 20.

Andrew Bogut and Joe Ingles also impressed in front of more than 50,000 fans, the highest attendance ever for a basketball game in Australia. They will play each team one time, with the top-two teams in the group advancing to the second round.

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The United States have one final exhibition game against Canada on Monday, while the Aussies await the latter in their World Cup opener September 1.

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