10 notes from USA’s blowout win over Puerto Rico

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Fast notes I put collectively after Crew USA’s 117-74 exhibition victory vs. Puerto Rico final night time.

  1. Anthony Edwards’ fast burst and skill to run the ground are so enjoyable to observe.
  2. Jalen Brunson is a real level guard, cherished seeing him each gradual it down and push the tempo.
  3. Puerto Rico’s Tremont Waters can simply nonetheless come off the bench for an NBA crew, very assured 25-year-old undersized guard.
  4. USA regarded slightly shaky defending off the ball and speaking early on, nonetheless to PR’s credit score, the membership executed some good performs/knocked down a couple of deep threes.
  5. Jaren Jackson Jr.’s presence on each ends will play a serious function in Crew USA’s success. The soon-to-be 24 yr previous seems to be able to tackle the problem of bodily FIBA play.
  6. Mikal Bridges, Austin Reaves, and Cam Johnson confirmed nice poise. The final word function gamers on this setting.
  7. Brandon Ingram’s hustle/passing/protection stood out as an encouraging signal. His versatility simply continues to develop daily.
  8. Paolo Banchero performed like a youthful Crew USA member who’s hungry for minutes to point out the world how expert he’s.
  9. Tyrese Haliburton makes the sport simpler for everybody along with his type/positivity (as standard).
  10. Lastly, take a look at this robust play from USA at 3:38 the place Haliburton makes use of two screens off the dribble then throws a cross-court move for a Cam Johnson jumper whereas his defender will get over late as a result of he was centered on Bobby Portis rolling.