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FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup- There was no third consecutive US basketball title

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The 2019 FIBA World Cup concluded with two medal-round games that featured four of the best teams in the world, plenty of players recognizable to NBA fans, 7엠스코어 but nary a trace of the U.S. men’s national team, which was already flying home with an unsightly seventh-place finish stuffed in its suitcase.

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The US, who commanded the world stage, slipped and a new champion rose. In the FIBA ​​World Cup 2019. Spain has lifted the championship since 2006. On the other hand, the first place in the FIBA ​​rankings, which aimed for the first time in a row, the US came back bitterly. There was no trophy and no player named Best Five.

Team USA and Serbia were considered heavy favorites coming into the tournament, yet neither even reached the semifinals. Argentina, meanwhile, went on a Cinderella run to the gold medal game despite most of its best players having recently retired. These teams will all have another shot against one another at next summer’s Olympics, but for now, Spain and Argentina stand atop the basketball world.

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This year, the tournament took place in China, which meant that games were played at unusual hours for American viewers. So for the sake of clarity, let’s dive into how the tournament worked, when the games were played, and what the results mean for these teams moving forward.

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