Team USA Hits a 29-Year Low after Their Humiliating Pre-Olympic Exhibition Loss Against Australia

Published 07/12/2021, 11:19 PM EDT


Team USA Men’s Basketball Unit is falling on the wrong side of history with their Las Vegas losses. They first lost 87-90 to an underestimated Nigerian Team and then formed a streak after giving up against the Aussies. The 83-91 loss at the hands of Team Australia will haunt the American National Team for the weeks to come.

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Kevin Durant and his battalion of All-Stars are proving nothing more than shiny pennies in their bid for the Olympic Gold. Being an All-NBA team, they can not defend losing two back-to-backs against the supposedly (wrongful assessment) inferior teams. 

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Team USA is performing its ‘worst-ever’

With the Monday night loss, Team USA has created a record that will stay a cause of their nightmares for the time to come. This is the first time in the last 29 years’ exhibition history that they’ve lost consecutive exhibition games. Entering the practice games with an elite 54-2 record, the team lost the next two in a matter of three nights.

Perhaps this is not what Kevin Durant signed for when he agreed to lead the pack. With coaches like Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr in command of the All-Star unit, this is a truly dismantling performance that can’t hide behind excuses. Considering the team will face a French team stuffed with notable NBA players in their opening game, these losses will work as a baggage.

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What helped the Kangaroos stun Kevin Durant and men?

Interestingly, Team USA was ahead for most part of the game, only to see a crazy comeback later. Australian Patty Mills, for example, scored 10 off his total 22 points in the decisive quarter. This clutch performance from the Aussie side helped them upset the Americans in a major way.

Additionally, Gregg Popovich’s tweak in the starting line-up didn’t seem to work that very well. He introduced Draymond Green and Jerami Grant who did not look as impressive as the duo of Patty and Joe Ingles. 

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However, with Damian Lillard’s big shooting, Bradley Beal’s offensive prowess, and some defensive highlights, the Americans came back strong in Q2. But that was a short-lived advantage as the Australian side found its lost rhythm late in Q3.

Now, the Americans are 0-2 in what seems to be a testing few weeks ahead of them. Will they be able to defend their legacy or keep adding more to the ‘history-worst’ tallies? Help us know what you think in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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