Damian Lillard’s Strong Start Wasted as Team USA Loses to Australia

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07-17-2021

Team USA rode the Portland Trail Blazers star’s scintillating first half to a nine-point halftime lead. One hoped it would lead to an epiphany: for all of the world-class half-court scorers Team USA has, their most fruitful form of offense came in transition. 1 player on the floor, leading Team USA in points (16), rebounds (3), and +/- (+13) on 6-of-10 shooting. Despite the talent advantage, Team USA is facing an uphill battle in regards to chemistry. But more on that initial paragraph: the prevailing thought with Team USA, for now, is that they aren’t consistent with generating stops.

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