When: Thursday, August 22nd, 2019. 3:30 AM MDT
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
TV: NBA TV, Twitch
Something is going to happen tomorrow morning that has never happened before in the history of mankind. Two basketball giants, Donovan Mitchell, and Joe Ingles, are going to play against each other, in a formal, organized game of basketball. It is truly a historic feat, and of course, IT’S LIVE AT 3:30 IN THE MORNING. Real ones will be watching live, while others might use their DVRs or replaying devices to catch the game at a later, more natural time to watch a basketball game. But it’s Spida vs Jingles, Team USA vs Australia, coming right up in an awesome bout that is going to be a lot of fun.
What to Watch For:
Talkin the Talk
We should all be watching for the exact same reason: the Joe Ingles smack-talk. Ingles has been quite the tease to Mitchell on social media and in the locker room since Donovan arrived in Utah, but this is the first time he’ll get a chance to talk as an opponent in a real game. It’s must-watch TV. In fact, Joe already got an early start to the talking, telling a report he might “get his first dunk on someone in a while” when asked what he’s got in store for Donovan Mitchell.
We're officially on JUMPIN' JOE watch— NBL (@NBL) August 17, 2019
Cc: @spidadmitchell | @utahjazz #GoBoomers pic.twitter.com/x5UO0Sqgtd
Things @spidadmitchell is looking forward to:— NBL (@NBL) August 19, 2019
1️⃣ Trash talk with @Joeingles7
2️⃣ 60,000 fans @marvelstadiumau
3️⃣ Facing @sobes2zero + Mitch Creek
4️⃣ Another round of #NBLxNBA the @Adelaide36ers
All that and more from @usabasketball training today in Melbourne ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/1coaKYJyXS
Joe and Don are great buddies, and it will be fun to see how they interact with each other as opponents. If Joe Ingles does in fact dunk on Mitchell, we’re all going to collectively lose our minds.
Australia a real threat?
USA coach Gregg Popovich called Australia a “huge, huge threat” in the FIBA World Cup. This will be a great way to gauge how big of a threat they are to the Americans and the rest of the teams in the World Cup.
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