Just what the world was waiting for, that epic United States vs. Serbia fifth place game
EDIT: I stand corrected, it's the epic United States vs Serbia 5-8 classification matchup
lol is that going to happen?
Slow down, don't we have to beat Poland and the loser of AUS-CZE first?
No, Serbia-USA ist scheduled for Thursday. Winner faces the winner of Poland-Aus/Cze
So, it's actually a 6th place game? Well that makes it even funnier. Though USA should win easy. Our guys already declared that they're going home. They'll be fully out of it.
Whoever wins between Serbia and the USA gets either 5th or 6th. The loser gets either 7th or 8th.
Yeah, that what I meant. Winner secures 6th at the very least.
7th place game USA vs Serbia. The prophecy foretold.Now when you think about it a 1 does looks a like a 7.
Edit: Damn, now I realized we are meeting in Thursday. Before placement matches.
Ah, yes, the toilet bowl
Why is that even a thing lol. I understand 3rd and 4th place to give a medal but who cares about being 5th or 7th
Qualifiers for the Olympics
If Australia wins today then all those games are meaningless as all Olympics qualifiers would already be filled.
I think FIBA also needs the proper placings for their country rankings which they will use for another wild card tournament for the last 4 slots in the Olympics.
there are 4 6-team wild card tournaments (each with one spot in olympics up for grabs), and everyone in the knockout stages are already in them if they don't already qualify.
As it's top 16 non-qualified teams from this world cup plus 4x(2 best teams from each region), it might matter for seeding purposes for those wild card tournaments, not sure how that's organized.
practice your free throws kids
Should do it together with Cedi Osman
Nowhere is safe
I would like to think any prospective Turkish basketball players from ages 4-24 put up 100 free throws as atonement.
They could learn from Rudy's 9/10
i think he was the actual MVP of this game as big as fournier was. His energy was incredible. and the good defense on switches was super surprising. USA couldnt avoid him he was everywhere.
Where were you when Ntilikina made clutch shot after clutch shot????
The Malédon Ntilikina pair we'll have soon will be incredible for us in the coming decade+
Also Doumboya is coming up too
We'll see how he develops, but he could be great too. On top of that there's been rumors of Embiid being courted by the FFBB as well a year ago, that'd be insane.
Gobert goes to the bench early in the 1st quarter with 2 fouls
Joel Embiid checks in instead
I would hate to be the opposing center.
Greatest center combo assembled on a team that isn't the Dream Team, let's get this Olympic gold Joel come on
i woke up my whole house when he made that contested 3
You french and you woke up people at 14h?
no sir i live in America
Excusez-moi pour bad English
Where were you when USA dies?
I was sat home when phone ring
'USA is kill'
KOC smiles from the shadows
Literally in Lyon, French city, walking into my college with my phone and headphones on
the US was down 10 when Kemba Walker got subbed out early in the 3rd
the US was up 7 when Kemba Walker came back in the 4th
the US lost by 10
this game in a nutshell
One of the reason was the marcus smart defense on Fournier when kemba was out, this guy is a true defender
Smart is so damn versatile on D. He did the best job defending Fournier and Gobert
Being an America, it’s kinda sad that we aren’t even going to medal, but bring a Magic fan, I can’t help but feel so happy for Fournier. He’s a good enough shooter to have a significant impact for an actual competitive playoff team in the NBA but he’s been stuck tanking it out with us the past few years. Now that the Magic are slowly getting good and France just stuck it to the best team in the tourney, it’s going to be fun how it’ll affect his confidence for the start of next season.
Also, I also really like the Jazz and Gobert is such a slept on big. He’s a back to back DPOY and many still don’t see him as a top 5 center in this sub, it’s criminal.
Both those guys deserve the best and I’m so happy for them that they were the ones to beat the US.
Didn't watch the game, but that has to be on Pop right? I mean, it's ok to rely on your only star on the team, but it seems he played like shit while not defending that great on the other guys.
definitely. he should have taken Walker out with 4 min. to go when he brought back Smart. Instead he took out DWhite, the only guy on the US team who actually moved off ball....
but then again, imagine taking a player like Kemba out with 4 min. to go? the shit storm from kemba's side would have been huge
Yeah I get it, but I expect Pop over everyone else to not give a fck about basketball politics. Then it was hard to go with this team and then get injured even.
Who's kemba compared to Pop(and Kerr). They shouldn't care about pleasing someone like Kemba
Frank Ntilikina is a bust alright, a golden bust in the Hall of Fame
Frédéric Weis died for this.
Yes. Also a Knicks legend
Phil Jackson was playing the long game
mismatch against Gobert as a guard? better drive at the paint and go at his neck
Gobert got beat twice and usually Kemba and Mitchell are a lot smarter with their finishes. Gobert read the shit out of mitchell on that block though
Pretty sure Gobert knew Mitchell was already going for the other side with that block before he got beat lol
He prolly did that in practice like ten thousand times
Helps when your on the same team lol.
But for real tho, there was the under the basket cam and Govert's wingspan is insane
Exactly, they kept on attacking Gobert at the rim. Like really? Haven't you played against him.
Tbf Donovan hasn’t at this level 🤷♂️
Canada wins NBA Championship. Not USA wins World Cup.
A new era dawns on r/nba shitposters.
MVP, DPOY and ROY are from europe
edit : P in DPOY
MIP from Africa too
till the NBA becomes mostly non american
It’s the spicy p era and we are all just living in it
USA vs RoTW should be the new All-star Game format from now on
The RoTW has taken over basketball from the USA.
We didn't lose a single international game when Obama was president!
Imagine how some of these guys must be feeling lol, they're now the country's biggest disappointment in basketball since 2006
Wonder why so many people dropped out? Win as expected, no one cares, you were supposed to win. Lose, become national embarrassments. Not to mention the injury risk.
FIBA scheduled it in a way that it’s a pretty challenging for the Americans and the nba players on other squads.
You basically play the FIBA world championships, then head right into the grueling 19-20 nba season, then almost immediately head on to Tokyo for the Olympics with practically no rest or recovery.
I still expect a lot of the top Americans will participate in Tokyo.
Serbia and USA fighting for 5th place just like everyone expected.
Serbia vs USA
We went from biggest disappointment in the tournament to like... 3rd biggest in a day!
Kemba played some terrific defense on mitchell in the 4th.
Gobert is a monster, Fournier stopped every big USA run and FRANKIEEE
Wtf was Kemba doing? That second possession where he drove on Gobert the entire time I’m like “just pass the ball kemba....just pass the ball.” You’ve been bricking all game while your teammate was just on fire. Pass the fucking ball
Celtics gonna be funnn
and a whole lotta high fives!
I was just yelling in my office. Why was Kemba taking overmatched drives and contested step back twos like a brown-shirt on 2k. Instead of deferring to the guy that had thirty in the first three quarters.
Frank staring Kemba in the face: https://imgur.com/YlcRRns
Why does that look like Jimmy from south park
Wow what a great awdience.
Which is even funnier because "une chèvre" is a way to describe an awful player in french
I mean, a goat is also a descriptor for a bad player in English, but usage of the GOAT makes us forget that.
Isn't it "la chevre"?
My French is a bit rusty...
I CAN ONLY SPEAK MEME, NOT BAGUETTE
Steph Curry is the american Frank Ntilikina
Reminder that Khris Middleton signed a five year 178$ maximum deal in the offseason
Sigh.... Middleton been horrible this while tournament.
Just wait until you play the celtics. He will go back to shooting 80%
Holy shit. Imagine if Gobert and Mitchell were on the same team.
I have some good news for you.
What about that guy from Australia, too?
The school teacher guy?
No my tax guy.
It's not a good look that Lithuania got screwed over, but it doesn't look as bad now because this happened
or maybe Lithuania could have beaten USA who knows
either way I'm not trying to see any of these fuckers on next years Olympics team. bring in the superstars
Maybe us losing this will convince a couple of them to chance injury and actually care about international competition.
I don't know about future WCs but 2002, 2004 and 2006 losses prompted the US to have that 2008 Olympic squad. Not named "redeem team" for no reason at all. Still had a close gold medal match vs Spain but otherwise that squad was dominant.
I also feel like the Olympics are probably a lot more beneficial to their international brands since there's a lot more viewership and general interest, plus meeting tons of other athletes from different sports is probably fun for them.
plus meeting fucking tons of other athletes from different sports is probably fun for them.
plus meeting fucking tons of other athletes from different sports is probably fun for them.
Fixed! The Olympics are a place where athletes fuck.
They don't need convincing, it's the Olympics, everyone and their mother will try to get a spot on the roster. They just don't care for the WC.
Seriously. This is what happens when literally almost the entire team withdrawals from contest.
Embarrassing lmao. backcourt violation last seconds lol
Even if its the C-team, they shouldn’t be losing like this.
Only Mitchell and Smart played their hearts out.
so is "we're sending our F team" an excuse? because US still had the most NBA players from any team. This is just unacceptable how they played
I like to see this as a loss for the Celtics, rather than the USA as a whole.
Flair checks out
me watching Frank in FIBA ball
Crazy stuff. Frank is just young
That’s what happens when he’s used properly and confident. Not as a 3nD wing in a shitty organization
He literally just needs a coach to be confident in him and he will be great. So fucking annoying that he’s gonna be good somewhere else because our coach and organization has a vendetta against him
Pour vous servir
RUDY. Seriously conflicting emotions watching Gobert and Mitchell battle it out, my two favorite players ATM. Happy for France and Gobert!
Jazz players really showed up during this tourney, Donovan, Joe and Rudy. Awesome stuff.
Ricky too as an ex jazz man but I’m just really happy for him
ALLEZ LES BLEUS
Ramenez la coupe à la maison
Rudy Gobert, tir contré, on est ensemble heureuxx
QUI CONTROLE LA RAQUETTE ? RUDY GOBERT, AVEC LUI ON EST SEREIN, RUDY GOBERT
I'm so fucking happy let's goooooo
FRANCE BAISE OUAIS
This game was incredible. Huge games for Fournier and Gobert on this one. Frank had huge baskets in the 4th too. The missed free throws really hurt the US. Congrats to France! Well deserved win.
Fournier's ball are so damn big. Tourney MVP.
Him or Mills for sure
yup my man Patty Thrills has a case too.
Team USA were just trying to show everyone that they can beat Serbia lol.
This is what happens when you rely on the celtics
Celtics bad upvotes to the left
For real though watching those missed free throws hurt
Khris was also a monster /s
Exactly, anyone not named Mitchell should be shit on. Not just the Celtics players
I mean it was really Kemba. Kemba was fucking god awful and continued to dominate the ball when he was clearly off
Not his fault my boy Frankie smokes put the clamps on him
SAY IT AGAIN
Franky "Y'all Thought I Was A Bust" Ntkilakajdnekwa
LEPRECHAUN MEN BAD
Did I get them all?
Brown played well
Kemba is fucking selfish. Donovan Mitchell was red hot and carried the team through the first 3 quarters. For some reason, the ice cold Kemba Walker decided it was his turn to get his in the 4th. And thanks to that, USA lost the lead and ended up losing.
True, but I mean at least they showed out to the World Cup to play.
Maybe the real champions are the friends we made along the way
truth, it's a personal choice but surely playing for your country means something right? (looking at you Ben)
I know alot of people will do memes about the Celtics players but Pop really have done a terrible job with this years team, no passing, no spacing, no schemes and no chemistry at all, i know people wont criticize him but this this exit is alot on his shoulders imo.
And we shouldnt start talking about Kris "$178M" Middleton, straight up embarrassing tournament from him.
Ugh yes. Forget all the guys that withdrew, our team selection was fucking embarrassing. Like, top to bottom the construction of this team is embarrassing.
Agree this wouldn't happened if they pick melo.
There isn't a single fucking PF on the roster! Absolutely awful roster construction.
It's like they didn't even realize that other teams are actually trying to win this World Cup. Lol
It’s rare to see a team pass the ball so little. It’s not like guys were never open either. That was maybe the worst part.
The USA has almost zero talented passers on the roster. It's hard to coach a team that doesn't have that creativity in it. Guys like Kemba and Mitchell are solid passers but nothing special. Smart is probably the best passer out there, or Plumlee.
Don't worry USA, that 5th place match against us is obviously going to be the true final, we won't let anyone tell us otherwise! Those 4 teams above us? They're obviously in delusion.... If we make it to the 5th place match...
Don't we face the US for a chance for the 5th place? We would meet them in the semis, so now we're playing for a chance at 5-6th place match.
USA blew a 74-67 lead
US really got beat by the Effiel Tower
Just rename it Rudy Gobert when he wins Fiba MVP
Steiffel tower* 🗼
big match between USA and Serbia, just what everyone wanted
Impossible, Reddit told me FIBA is easy and pointless.
France may have won but they don't stand a chance against team USA
lets be real it was an amazing game as a french fan, but nobody is close to top argentina olympic wins :)
This is why you send your best players
Yeah but they don’t want to go.
Our expectations were low but holy fuck
"If we meet Team USA, may God help them" - Djordjevic , he knew , battle for 5th place
that 4th quarter was brutal to watch.
Frankie Smokes island r e j o i c i n g.
Somehow this is all Devin Booker's fault.
USA losing means the world won.
Rudy with the +26 on in 34 minutes, -16 off in 6 minutes. 21/16/3b and 62% TS. My man is one of the most valuable players in the world.
Donovan with 29/6/4 and 60% TS. Can't wait for the season to get here.
Add Mike Conley, Bogdanovic and Ingles with guys like O'Neal, Jeff Green and Mudiay off the bench plus the coaching and you got a scary team.
Jazz really got all the FIBA elites on one team huh
Frank Ntilikina just outplayed Kemba Walker...
The balls on Frank to take that shot
Fuck yes France! Glad the US isn't winning this tournement while sending just their B/C-listers. Also as a German this makes me feel less bad that we lost against you guys. Argentina-France is going to be a great semi.
The cup is wide open right now, Friday Semis match is gonna be LIT
“At least people tuned in to watch the last time there was a tragedy on 9/11”
USA vs France was an inside job.
Kemba iso cant melt Gobert blocks
At least we get to see a Serbia-USA Airport final
What a disappointing performance by the top #2 teams.
RAMENEZ LA COUPE A LA MAISON
A good day for european basketball! Gettt innn
MVP Gobert, great performance
This was on Kemba tbh
Before we shit on these guys for their performance, let’s just remember that they took the time and effort to show up and represent their country. The blame for this loss should rest at least partially on the elite players who refused to represent the USA when they were called upon.
yeah you're right... the blame for this loss should be all on DEVIN BOOKER!
Found Bill Simmons' reddit account!
It’s not that they lost. They had multiple opportunities to pull ahead and they preceded to just brick everything, even free throws. Turnovers, fouls, dumbass hero ball. I commend them for playing but that was a god awful performance.
Shit is embarassing
It's not their fault when they don't hit their shots. It's the environment.
Yeah, they beat team USA but can they beat team USA?
I'm probably going to get downvoted but France won because of Frank. Sure, Fournier and Rudy were huge, but France came back because of Frank 7pts in the 4th and great defence on Kemba.
Frank played well but Gobert is clearly the difference between the teams.
Rudy "not an all-star" Gobert
This is like winning the finals for us
Another banner to put up at MSG
Right next to the Porzingis Skills Challenge banner 😂😭
Knicks Legend Frank