Jaylen Brown leads Team USA to an 84-68 win over Canada in World Cup exhibition
The first half ended with what turned out to be the play of the game. Marcus Smart initiated the action by diving on the floor and coming away with a loose ball and tap-passing it to a teammate while still floor-bound. A fast break ensued, ending in a lob by Kris Middleton to Donovan Mitchell for the slam. The score at the end of the half was 44-31 in favor of the USA.
Of course the play of the game so far was started by Marcus Smart doing Marcus Smart things pic.twitter.com/s847EhSY1X— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) August 26, 2019
The play of Brown keeps improving with each exhibition. He shot 8-of-11 from the field in this one, while adding three rebounds and one assist. He hit his shots from everywhere, and his drives to the hoop looked strong and proved effective.
Jaylen Brown up to 13 points late in the first half against Canada to lead all scorers. https://t.co/TgFaYHF0a6— Jay King (@ByJayKing) August 26, 2019
Little Jaylen coast to coast action pic.twitter.com/4ByJMXH2qV— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) August 26, 2019
A total of 19 turnovers for the game certainly needs attention by the American crew, but they controlled the boards with 55 rebounds to Canada's 31. Kemba Walker came up with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Jayson Tatum once against was missing his attempts, finishing with six points on 2-of-11 from the field. Marcus Smart didn't score in the contest, finishing with four rebounds and three steals.
We can expect the turnovers by Team USA to decrease as the group gets used to each other. Jaylen is showing great confidence out there, and kemba is going to be a handful for any defender. Marcus was energetic and determined on the floor, and there are no signs of any persistent injury. Jayson? He just needs to find the range and start hitting his shots. I expect it to happen.
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