USA vs. Canada: A Battle of NBA Stars for World Cup Bronze

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The FIBA World Cup bronze medal game is set to tip off, with USA Basketball facing Canada Basketball in the strongest matchup of teams from the Americas. The two teams have a combined 19 NBA players, including 15 who are NBA starters. This game could be the one with the most NBA players ever in FIBA history.

0-12, can Canada break the embarrassing record?

USA Basketball and Canada Basketball have similar playing styles, and with the Toronto Raptors being in Canada, the Canadians also have a lot of NBA players. But in the history of their meetings at the world stage, Canada has rarely beaten the Americans, with a record of 0-12. In the previous World Cups, Canada was 0-7 against USA Basketball, and in the Olympics they were 0-5. In the history of basketball, Canada only beat USA Basketball once at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2005, which was their only victory ever. They have a record of 1-8 at the FIBA Americas Championship. It is fair to say that USA Basketball is Canada’s biggest nemesis, without a doubt.

Canada was considered one of the favorites to win the World Cup before it started, as they have NBA talents like Alexander, RJ and others. They advanced through the group stage and the knockout stage, but they lost to Serbia in the semifinals. Canada’s performance at this World Cup was definitely impressive, and even though they missed the final, they still achieved their best result ever.

USA Basketball is recognized as the strongest team in the world, and at this World Cup they had a young core of NBA players. They did not disappoint at first, but they lost to Lithuania in the second round and to Germany in the semifinals. With players like Edwards, Brunson, Bridges and Reaves, this performance was hardly satisfactory. In terms of talent, this USA Basketball team is better than Canada’s, and the bronze medal game is also their last chance to salvage some honor. Can they extend their winning streak to 13 games? That remains to be seen.

Before facing Canada, USA coach Kerr gave an interview and said: “I know these Canadian players very well. Obviously, we see five or six of them every night in the NBA. We know their strengths, they have played great at this World Cup, and they have shown a high level of basketball. So it will be a big challenge to play against them.” Clearly, Kerr knows this Canadian team very well, and he has not changed his desire to win.

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