Team USA Notebook: USA finding success with small-ball lineups

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'We ... see what's going on': 26 thoughts on Team USA's win over Brazil and looking ahead to France

Each team will move on to the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday with France taking on Team USA and Australia facing the Czech Republic. If they play either or both of those teams, the USA will have to decide if size or mobility is more important against Nikola Jokic or Marc Gasol. Seeing his versatility on defense, how Popovich can use him on a variety of different players combined with the energy he brings when he comes off the bench tells a more complete picture.

And it's a display the side will be looking to resonate today as well as they eye making an advent into the quarter-finals with their pristine form intact.

"You say I've played my best in the last three games is subjective, whatever opportunity I get I try to take advantage of it", he said.

Two of the seven teams that will officially qualify for the Olympics out of the World Cup are the top two finishers from the Americas.

More importantly, a win against Brazil would see Team USA secure a ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where it aims to defend the gold medal won three years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Celtics will face plenty of teams who have big centers Brown can't handle (Joel Embiid leaps to mind), but against others, throwing Brown out as a big man might be a tempting option.

The one scenario where both Brazil and the US make it to the quarterfinals is the last one below.

Team USA heads to the Quarter-Finals with a flawless 5-0 record after earning a 16-point win that both eliminated Brazil and allowed the Czech Republic to advance to the quarterfinal round. The victory put Australia (5-0) at the top of its group with France (4-1) finishing second.

Having already lost twice in the tournament, Lithuania had been eliminated from advancing to the Quarter-Finals as both France and Australia had gotten out to flawless 4-0 starts to earn the top two spots in Group I.

First place in Group K (the US if it beats Brazil) will play second place in Group L in the top half of the bracket, which also includes Argentina (first place in Group I) and Serbia (second place in Group J).

Second place in Group K will play first place in Group L in the bottom half of the bracket, which also includes Spain (first place in Group J) and Poland (second place in Group I).

Back to the last day of the second round.

Brazil qualified for the second group stage with a 100 percent record but lost to Czech Republic in the first game of the second phase and must beat the U.S.to qualify for the quarterfinals.

After losing to Brazil in the opening round of play and a loss to the United States in the Second Round, Greece was down but not completely out.

As mentioned earlier, Team USA's win paces the way for the Czech Republic to advance in the tournament.

Rigoberto Mendoza scored 14 points to lead the Dominican Republic (2-3). Greece started collecting more rebounds and scoring from distance again, to get to the very margin it needed, i.e. 12 points (61-49) for the first time eight minutes from the end. Greece (3-2) 3. Czech Republic (3-2) 4.

As a team, the United States assisted on 21 of its 36 made field goals and shot 52.2% from the field for the game.

The United States had its share of headaches against the Brazilians, still without one of their main cogs in Jayson Tatum, who missed his third straight game in competition after suffering an ankle injury in an overtime win over Turkey last week.

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