The second round of the FIBA World Cup kicked off early this morning, with Serbia, Spain, Argentina, and Poland winning their opening matches of round two. Team USA will open up their round two group phase against the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his home squad in the Greek national team. This is gonna be fun.
When: Saturday September 7th , 2019. 6:30 AM MDT
Where: Shenzhen, China
TV: Livestream on ESPN+
What to watch for
It’s going to be really interesting to see how Team USA fares against Giannis. The Greeks looked pretty dominant in warm-up exhibition games and the first couple FIBA World Cup games, before they fell to Brazil earlier this week, and seemed to get exposed by... Anderson Varejao? It was a strange game, and afterwards the Brazilian head coach had quite the choice of words to say about his impressive victory.
Brazil HC Calls Out Giannis : 'You have a guy who won MVP, he’s 23 years old and who stops him tonight? The guy who is 40 years old and kicks his ass'https://t.co/hX2zPklQcD— Highway Star (@HighwayStarTO) September 3, 2019
This is a critical game for Team USA as they attempt to secure the highest seed possible in the knockout round next week.
Here’s what happened the last time Donovan Mitchell met on the court with Giannis Antetokounmpo
Donovan Mitchell came up BIG in win over the Bucks.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 3, 2019
Spida dropped a career-high 46 PTS. pic.twitter.com/nTAekUDWh6
If you’re not into sleeping, Joe Ingles and Australia will also be playing at 2:00 AM MDT in their second-round matchup against Dominican Republic. Rudy Gobert and France will be taking on Lithuania at 6:00 AM. Who needs sleep on a Saturday morning?
Game Thread Ground Rules
Welcome to the SLC Dunk Game Thread.
Dunkers know how this thing works, but for you lurkers ready to make the jump to Dunker, we have a few guidelines. Remember to follow our community guidelines (no swearing, trolling, excessive use of Jerry Sloan’s name in vain, no personal attacks, no debates about Utah liquor laws, etc.). Remember to have fun. Anyone who dare blasphemes that Tim Duncan was a Power Forward (this means you, Pounding the Rock), Ben Simmons can hit threes, Gordon Haywardshould not be booed, Exum Island isn’t a 5-Star resort, Donovan Mitchell is Monta Ellis 2.0, men should never cry or John Stockton is not the best point guard of all-time will receive an automatic ban. Just kidding. But seriously.