If the USA Olympic Basketball team thought they were going to sleepwalk their way to a gold medal, the first two exhibition games have been a sobering reminder that the Olympics will be a tough test.
On Saturday, Team USA suffered a shocking defeat to Nigeria, losing 90-87. Monday, USA Basketball lost their second consecutive exhibition game, falling to Australia 91-83 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s the first time Team USA has lost back-to-back exhibition games since the United States began sending professionals to the Olympics in 1993.
Australia takes down Team USA.
They have now lost back-to-back exhibition games for the first time since pros started playing in 1992. pic.twitter.com/qnwixFbHO3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2021
It’s the second consecutive loss against Australia in international play and the fourth loss in five games for USA Basketball since 2019.
Team USA better be careful, because legacies are at stake.
Head coach Gregg Popovich saw improvement from his team, but excellence is expected from Team USA. Incremental improvements