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The defeat of the United States in the semifinals of the 2023 World Cup is not a sensation. But some conclusions can be drawn

Date: May 19, 2024 Time: 15:19:56

Yesterday at the World Championships turned out to be extremely emotional. Most fans rejoiced at the collapse of the American teams, especially the defeat of the American team in the match against the German team (111:113).

The media and fans love to overreact to current events of the moment, sometimes exaggerating what happened. No, no sensation occurred, although it would be blind not to notice some of the processes taking place in world basketball. That’s what we’ll talk about.

History lessons:

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Team USA had a great offensive game

The first three quarters of the game went by with an incredible scoring pace. It could easily be compared to some open game in the NBA regular season, but we must not forget the difference in the length of the quarters, which makes yesterday’s game perceived as ultra-offensive.

Both teams showed an excellent level of shooting. And even after a more defensive final ten minutes, the Americans’ final efficiency is astonishing: 58% from the field (38 of 65), 48% from long range (12 of 25), 96% from the foul line ( 23 of 24). On each of these indicators, the United States is ahead of Germany.

Antonio Edwards

Photo: Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

It can be said that the United States has problems in defense, and this is an absolutely correct observation. But the difference in the final score was two points. In such a close match, luck must always be taken into account. If a couple of shots had been from the American side, then we wouldn’t have screamed at the sensation, but rather accepted the result with a yawn, but of course, rooting for Germany for fighting so well.

To give global assessments of something, it is necessary to rise slightly above the result, which could happen to anyone in a given match.

The World Cup is historically America’s least favorite tournament.

On the most cultural level, Americans don’t get nervous when they hear the phrase “World Cup.” This can be seen in many sports, especially team sports. Not only are the Olympics more important than the World Cup to Americans, they are an incomparably higher priority.

If you look at the history of the World Championship, the Americans only won 5 out of 19 times. The Yugoslav team, which last competed in the World Cup in 2002, still has as many gold medals as the United States. For comparison: Americans won the Olympics 16 out of 20 times!

Team USA with gold medals at the 2020 Olympics

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

This is reflected in the composition of the team. The Americans did not bring a single real superstar. Only four players (Anthony Edwards, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson and Tyrese Haliburton) played in the All-Star Game.

In essence, the Americans perceive the World Championship as an opportunity to “test” young people to understand who can be called up to the Olympic Games. The coaches try different styles of play, combinations, trying to polish the system.

Elimination games: room for chance

Basketball is one of the most predictable team sports. Due to the fact that so many points are scored per game, there is very little room for surprises and accidents. But if anything creates them, it is the knockout games.

All over the world love these matches. Even though college basketball is not the most popular among Americans, every sports fan in the United States watches March Madness precisely because the format of the knockout games involves constant drama.

March Madness 2023

Photo: Logan Riely/Getty Images

But what would happen if instead of a knockout game there were series, like in the NBA? If we look at the statistics of the entire tournament, the Americans performed better than the Germans. In terms of points per game, the United States leads among all teams and the Germans are in fourth place.

In terms of shooting efficiency, the Americans are in second place, and the Germans are in fourth place. The same applies to long-range shooting percentage, rebounds, assists, blocked shots, and interceptions. Based on this, you can easily predict which one is the favorite.


However, it is quite difficult to get rid of the symbolism of the previous day. We have already mentioned several times how basketball is becoming an increasingly global sport.

The NBA itself is becoming more international and European leagues are starting to catch up. Teams made up entirely of top players from the top American league and losing to national teams can be counted on the back foot.

Anyway, the United States will most likely take the Olympics again, but now I would like to see an analogue of the World Club Championship, where the NBA champion will face the winner of the Euroleague.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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