USA takes on Lithuania in the semi-finals of the FIBA World Cup 2014 on Thursday at the City Arena, Barcelona Spain.
The Americans would not take this game lightly after Spain suffered a major upset in the hands of France yesterday. USA overpowered Slovenia in the quarter-final round, 119-76, through tight defense and offensive aggression.
USA has been winning lopsided games because of their two point field goal percentage that reaches to 57.1 %. A good shooting dictates the tempo of the game for team USA.
Throughout the FIBA World Cup, Anthony Davis leads the scoring at 13.7 points per game, while Kenneth Faried averages 8.1 rebounds per game. Much of the success of the Americans can be pointed out to the fact that they are more athletic and prepared.
Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving give the outside shooting, while they play tough defense against the opposing teams. Moreover, the flexibility of the US players can be very vital in today’s match over Lithuania.
If there could be a Cinderella story in this tournament, it would go to Lithuania, which lost only to Australia in September 2.
Jonas Valanciunas lead both in scoring and rebounding for Lithuania. He averages 12.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He has to play his best against the much bigger Americans, though he stands at 6’9″.
Will there be yet another upset? USA vs Lithuania start time is at 3:00 PM ET. USA vs Lithuania tv channel schedule is on ESPN. This game is live online on WatchESPN.com in the United States. In the Philippines, USA vs Lithuania is live on TV5 at 3:00AM PH Time.