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September 12, 2019
Team USA has been eliminated from medal contention in the 2019 World Cup, having been upset by France in today’s quarterfinal matchup. The 89-79 defeat snapped USA Basketball’s 58-game winning streak in international games featuring rosters made up of NBA players. That streak dated back to the 2006 World Championship.
When this Team USA World Cup roster finally came together, everyone knew it would be vulnerable. Absent a true NBA superstar and with waves of players pulling their name out of the hat as the selection process played out, Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton remained as the only two All-Stars. Harrison Barnes and Miles Plumlee were the only two with senior national team experience.
Team USA lost its second straight FIBA World Cup game this morning in China, falling 94-89 to Serbia in a fifth-place consolation game, after yesterday’s embarrassing loss to France eliminated the American team from championship contention. Now the team cannot finish higher than seventh place in the tournament. That will be the worst tournament finish by Team USA in its history.