Myles Turner and Team USA wrap up Group E play on Thursday morning when they take on Japan in Shanghai.
The USA squad escaped losing a couple of times in regulation and then OT against Turkey on Tuesday. Putting the ball in the basket was a problem for the Americans who made just enough free throws to hold on for the W. This time they will play without Jayson Tatum who sprained his ankle in OT and expects sit a couple of games.
There should be far less drama against the Japanese team that is 0-2 in pool play thus far and boast just two inexperienced NBA players and a former NBA player turned Japanese citezen, Nick Fazekas. Rui Hachimura, who will be a rookie for the Washington Wizards this year has played well in the first two games, showing why he was a first-round pick out of Gonzaga. Yuta Watanabe is a forward who played in college at George Washington and played spot minutes in 15 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
Based on Turner’s up and down production throughout his Team USA experience this summer, I guess he’s due for a down game so hopefully he’ll string two games together with a solid impact on both sides of the ball.
Also, Domantas Sabonis and Lithuania are in action at 7:30 a.m. ET against Australia in a battle for the top spot in Group H.
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USA vs. Japan
Time: 8:30 a.m. ET
Where: Shanghai Oriental Sports Arena -- Shanghai, China
Watch: ESPN+ streaming