Outgoing champions the United States won their final match on Saturday at the Basketball World Cup -- but it was still their worst finishing place in the tournament's history.
The United States failed to sparkle as they launched their bid for a third World Cup title in a row with an 88-67 victory over the Czech Republic on Sunday in Shanghai.
Boston's Jaylen Brown drained 19 points as the United States bounced back from a shock loss to Australia by thumping Canada 84-68 to get their World Cup campaign back on track Monday.
Veteran United States basketball coach Gregg Popovich insists his team are better for their shock loss to Australia, which has thrown the upcoming World Cup in China wide open.
Boston guard Kemba Walker dazzled with 23 points as the United States ramped up preparations for the defence of their World Cup crown with an impressive 102-86 victory over Australia in a warm-up game Thursday.
Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points to lead the United States to a 90-81 victory over Spain Friday in a basketball World Cup warm-up for both teams.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss the United States' national team's intersquad scrimmage Friday with injuries, USA Basketball said Thursday.
The Adidas DONISSUE1 has already arrived, and Aljon Mariano didn't miss the opportunity to cop it.