DONGGUAN, China – The United States came to China as they want to be the world's best world again.
He will go home with the worst competition showing in the history of the program.
That is the reality for the Americans now, certainly not ending better than the seventh head at the fallen World Cup to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation game Thursday night. The most recent finish of the US team in 45 competition presentations was sixth place in the 2002 world championships.
“We are committed to this from Day One,” said US guard Joe Harris. “To reach all the way to this point and just suddenly catch up, it really is dependent.”
The Americans – the top-ranked team in the world – seventh or eighth in China, will depend on the outcome of their Saturday best practice. Harrison Barnes scored 22 for the United States, which received 18 from Kemba Walker and 16 from Khris Middleton.
Bogdan Bogdanovic 28 from Serbia, who contributed a 25-point lead and gave a second loss to the US in two days. Luclad Vladimir 15 scored for Serbia, which will play for fifth place on Saturday.
“It's a very tough game to play against those people,” said Bogdanovic. “I am convinced that both teams were very upset after their loss in the fourth quarter and we wanted to make people happy.” T
It was widely expected that Serbia-US game would be one for gold this weekend. There was hope that many were expected to enter the competition – especially when Serbian coach Sasha Djordjevic asked the Americans in a TV interview by “if we meet, could God help them? . ”And some global ranking points.
“Our group has no regrets about what we have given, what we have done, the commitment that everyone has made away from their families, away from their staff,” said Barnes. “There is no regret.”
Serbia was in charge of 44-40 at half, which could indicate that the first 20 minutes was the variation backward and forth.
They weren't. Instead, there were only two big races, one for each team.
Serbia won the first quarter 32-7. The United States won the second quarter 33-12. Serbia shot 64% in the first quarter and the United States shot 19%; in the second quarter, the Americans were shooting 72%, Serbia 31%, and it stayed quite tight on the rest of the way.
Gregg Popovich, a US coach, praised his team for doing the retro business, basically 24 hours after refusing the money he received with the fourth loss to France.
“I can't tell you how much I have always had to experience their character, prejudice and determination in learning to play together,” said Popovich. “This was a great example tonight.”
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