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Wow! Team USA Suffers Historic Defeat

It was an exhibition with a limited roster but even so.

Nigeria v United States
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 10: Caleb Agada #3 of Nigeria fouls Kevin Durant #7 of the United States as Miye Oni #13 of Nigeria defends during an exhibition game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nigeria defeated the United States 90-87.
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The US suffered a shocking exhibition defeat to Nigeria 90-87, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.

First, the US played without Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton who aren’t yet with the team since they’re all in the NBA Finals. And second, the rest of Team USA has only been together for four days while Nigeria has been together since late June and also has six NBA players (former Blue Devil Jahlil Okafor is in the Nigerian pool but we don’t know if he is on the roster).

Nigeria hit 20 threes, and that’s something that Holiday would help with as he can shut someone out on a good day.

Still, it is grounds for concern, as head coach Gregg Popovich noted: “I’m kind of glad it happened.

“I don’t think anyone should act nor would we act [like] that this is the end of the world.”

No it’s not but it does plant the seed that the US is vulnerable and over the last three Olympic Games, the US had convinced everyone that it was unbeatable.

That was invaluable and now it’s gone.