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China: US coach Popovich comments on squad's victory over Brazil in Basketball World Cup

China, Shenzhen
September 09, 2019 at 18:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Head coach of the USA men's national basketball team Gregg Popovich commented squad's match against Brazil in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, on Monday.

Popovich, whose team secured victory with 89-73 score, said that the opponents did "a great job in execution."

US player Harrison Barnes also called the Brazilian team "great players."

Players Walker Kemba and Myles Turner each scored 16 points during the final group game.

The USA team advanced to the quarter-finals with guaranteed Olympic admission.

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Head coach of the USA men's national basketball team Gregg Popovich commented squad's match against Brazil in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, on Monday.

Popovich, whose team secured victory with 89-73 score, said that the opponents did "a great job in execution."

US player Harrison Barnes also called the Brazilian team "great players."

Players Walker Kemba and Myles Turner each scored 16 points during the final group game.

The USA team advanced to the quarter-finals with guaranteed Olympic admission.

W/S Press conference, Shenzhen

SOT, Gregg Popovich, Head coach of USA men's national basketball team: "I was totally impressed with their execution but I always have been. You know those guys have been together a while and they see things, they throw a little back door stuff in the overhead passes. They're very hard to guard, they do a great job in execution. And they've always been passionate players. I know several of them pretty well, so it's great to see them. So we just talked about our friendship and personal things that aren't really for the public, but it was great to see them all."

M/S Journalists interviewing Brazilian player *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Myles Turner, USA men's national basketball team player: "Our first game against Spain, you know way back when we were doing exhibition. But I know my role in this team is to provide energy, rebound, block shots, you know. And that's what I do and that's something I wanted to excel at in this team so I'm trying to put all my focus and energy into doing those things."

M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Harrison Barnes, USA men's national basketball team player: "Yeah, I'm going to stay in poise. If we look at our exhibitions, that was kind of an introduction to FIBA as a group, you know. We lost a game to Australia, good game against Canada and coming with that game in a tournament against Turkey, you get to see the poise that you have to have in order to win. I think for us that's where it starts. Every game is going to be something different. Last game is more isolations, this game is more movement, but whatever it is you've got to stay with poise."

M/S Mixed zone *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Harrison Barnes, USA men's national basketball team player: "I mean scouting is one of the hugest things for us in FIBA, because we don't see a lot of these guys every single day. So, you know, these guys are all great players, you know trying to figure out different ways to, you know, make things more difficult for them. Obviously you're not going to hold them [inaudible], Barbosa, Varejao, they're great players, they're going to score, but just trying to make things difficult, make them work a little bit."

M/S Mixed zone *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Khris Middleton, US men's national basketball team player: "[inaudible] and that's always huge, even in NBA, even over here. [inaudible] can give you a little bit of momentum going into the next quarter."

W/S Mixed zone *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Khris Middleton, US men's national basketball team player: "[inaudible] gets to pass a little bit, he's a little bit faster, the ball's moving which is [inaudible]."

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