The United States men’s basketball team was stunned 90-87 by Nigeria on Saturday night in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Arena.
The US was between a 28 and 29-point favorite at tip-off, but we had to look because this wasn’t supposed to be a thing, and honestly we were watching the Copa America Final and the UFC.
If you’re thinking “well they didn’t have their best players,” the starters were Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, and Bam Adebayo.
And we’d get you some stats from this game, but...
Team USA page is down.... it's the only box score available— Starks Got Ejected (@ejectstarks) July 11, 2021
Turns out the live stats were just as good as the three-point defense.
#NIGERIA 21/42#USA 10/24— Tajai Marson◽️ (@tajaihmarson) July 11, 2021
3 POINT SHOTS STATS! https://t.co/7OtKtRhomr pic.twitter.com/NKobn7te58
Here’s what we do know so far:
- Nigeria had 21 assists
- The Heat’s Gabe Vincent was 6-of-8 3-pointers and had 21 points for Nigeria
- The USA was 54-2 in their last 56 exhibitions
- As of over an hour after the game, Team USA’s website is still down. The team is run by Jerry Colangelo, so that seems a bit odd as we know the Colangelo family is great with technology!
- Nigeria is excited! And they should be!
GBESE! Locker room celebration @ike_nwamu pic.twitter.com/9LOOi0InrE— D’Tigers | Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) July 11, 2021
We’ll continue to add relevant information here as we find it, and it’s not like they didn’t have any NBA talent: The Super Eagles (does that apply for basketball??) started KZ Okpala, Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa of the Heat, Josh Okogie of the Timberwolves, and former UNLV and Mercer guard Ike Nwamu.
But this seems like a disaster to be honest, though it is three weeks until the Olympics start. These players will have plenty of time to get it together and bring back the USA’s assumed birthright of a gold medal.