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Team USA’s Defeat by Lithuania: Jalen Brunson Steps Up and Takes the Blame

In the final group game of the FIBA World Cup, the United States experienced an unexpected setback, losing to Lithuania by a score of 110-104.

The key issue that plagued the American team was their poor start. They found themselves in a deep 31-12 hole after the first quarter, which expanded to a daunting 21-point deficit at one stage during the second quarter.

Despite a valiant effort led by Anthony Edwards, who scored an impressive 35 points, it was simply not enough to salvage the game for the heavily favored Team USA.

Reflecting on the loss, team captain and starting point guard Jalen Brunson shouldered the blame. “That’s on me, I have to come ready to play, I have to have everyone else ready to play. Respect to them, they played great.” Brunson told reporters.

He acknowledged that the team executed their game plan well, but the slow start hindered their chances of success.

Brunson, who finished the game with 14 points and seven assists, expressed that the responsibility to ensure readiness falls on his shoulders and vowed to have the entire team prepared for future matches.

Interestingly, this particular game held little significance beyond determining seeding, as both the United States and Lithuania had already secured their places in the knockout rounds.

Nevertheless, the recurring issue of sluggish starts has haunted the American squad throughout the tournament.

This loss, while relatively inconsequential in the grand scheme, serves as a stark reminder that such a trend could lead to more devastating defeats down the line if not addressed promptly.

When asked if this defeat served as a wake-up call for the team, Brunson responded with unwavering determination.

He emphasized that there is no alternative but to view it as such, as failing to do so would result in an early exit from the competition, an outcome they are determined to avoid.

Despite this setback, it’s worth noting that the United States has already secured their spot in the Olympics in Paris. Additionally, they will continue their journey in the FIBA World Cup, facing Italy in the quarter-finals.

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