Anthony Edwards Shines As Team USA Mounts Thrilling Comeback Win Against Germany

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Edwards 

In a remarkable comeback victory against Germany, Team USA faced a formidable challenge that truly tested their mettle.

The German squad, boasting NBA talent and displaying exceptional discipline, compelled the Americans to rise to the occasion. Key contributions from Tyrese Haliburton and Austin Reaves played a significant role, but it was Anthony Edwards who solidified his position as the team's standout player, positioning himself as a potential leader for the impending World Cup.

Edwards's stellar performance saw him amass 34 points, with several crucial baskets during the late stages of the game, ultimately propelling Team USA to a triumphant 99-91 comeback win over Germany. Coach Steve Kerr underscored Edwards's significance, dubbing him "unquestionably, the guy" in an interview with the Associated Press.
Notably, Edwards's impact wasn't confined to the latter stages of the match; he also kept a struggling Team USA competitive early on with an impressive 11-point display in the first quarter, highlighted by a memorable dunk over Daniel Theis. Reflecting on his standout performance, Edwards expressed, "That was the best game I've had in a minute."
The German team provided the ideal litmus test for both teams ahead of the World Cup, showcasing their NBA-caliber talent and disciplined execution. Dennis Schroder's impressive 16-point, 10-assist performance, along with the contributions of Franz and Moritz Wagner, underlined Germany's prowess.

Daniel Theis's aggressive playstyle added to their effectiveness on the court. Germany's early lead, which ballooned to 16 points in the third quarter, highlighted their success in exploiting their size advantage and adept execution.
However, the dynamic shifted with the entrance of Tyrese Haliburton and Austin Reaves from the bench. This duo not only chipped in with 16 points each but also injected much-needed energy, facilitated ball movement, and spearheaded an impressive 18-0 fourth-quarter run that secured Team USA's victory.

Despite the win, Coach Kerr acknowledged that there were areas that needed improvement, particularly Team USA's struggles against zone defense and press. The team's adaptability and response to these challenges are critical as they prepare for the World Cup.

Jaren Jackson Jr. emerged as a defensive force, tallying six blocks and containing Schroder during crucial moments. The team's defensive efforts, however, necessitated strong help defense due to difficulties at the point of attack.

As the game reached its climax, Kerr opted for a defensive lineup featuring Haliburton, Reaves, Edwards, Mikal Bridges, and Jackson. This strategic move proved effective, with Bridges contributing 11 points and Paolo Banchero adding 13.

Kerr's assessment highlighted the team's courage and room for growth, emphasizing their potential to outshine other teams despite being relatively new together. Having secured an impressive 5-0 record in tune-up games, Team USA embarks on their journey to Manila for Group C play.

Their upcoming matches against New Zealand, Greece (sans Giannis Antetokounmpo), and Jordan will determine their progression in the single-elimination knockout stage, underscoring the stakes and excitement of the impending World Cup.

Source: NBC Sports 


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