FIBA: Canada on the Brink Elimination, USA encounters difficulties.

Published September 3, 2023 at 10:38

Canada began the FIBA World Cup in arguably its strongest form, winning all of its group stage games with an average margin of victory of 37 points per game. With a deep roster featuring numerous NBA talents and led by All-NBA First Team member Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Canada was starting to appear as a powerhouse nation capable of challenging the United States as the best country in international basketball. However, this hype was abruptly extinguished after a surprising loss to Brazil in their most recent matchup.

Canada faced significant difficulties in scoring and managed only 65 points with an inefficient shooting percentage. This tally was 30 points less than their performance in any other game during the tournament. Whether or not this was just a one-off poor performance remains uncertain, but Canada has found itself in a precarious position, now needing to defeat the reigning champions, Spain, to stay in the competition.

Spain's last game also ended in an upset, with Latvia defeating them in a shocker that no one saw coming, especially since Porzingis was out due to injury. These two defeats by heavy favorites highlight how international talent has significantly developed in recent years, adding to the unpredictability and excitement of the FIBA World Cup. Similar to the situation with the French national team, an elimination at this early stage would be a massive disappointment for either Spain or Canada. Therefore, both teams will be eager to rebound from their previous performances and deliver a highly entertaining match that you won't want to miss.

You can watch the full highlights of Canada's four World Cup matches so far below.

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FIBA: Canada on the Brink Elimination, USA encounters difficulties.

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