U.S. Women’s hoops drops All-Star Game to Team WNBA (but don’t panic)


They’ll be fine ... worry about the the men.

They’ll be nice … fear concerning the the lads.
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There’s a giant distinction between the U.S. males’s basketball group’s losses to Nigeria and Australia and what occurred on Wednesday evening, because the American ladies, who’re even greater favorites for Olympic gold than the lads, dropped a 93-85 resolution to the Group WNBA within the All-Star Recreation in Las Vegas.

As a lot as the lads’s losses could be put apart as studying experiences that may be constructed on as tuneups, it’s clear that the hole between the USA and the remainder of the world is continuous to slender, as has been the case ever since Argentina’s beautiful run to gold in 2004 — the one time within the final seven Olympics since execs entered that Group USA didn’t win.

The U.S. ladies are driving a six-Video games successful streak, which began in 1996, the 12 months earlier than the WNBA did. Sue Hen and Diana Taurasi are going to go to Tokyo making an attempt to win fifth golds, every having been a part of each U.S. group since 2004. And within the ladies’s sport, what we realized in Las Vegas is that it’s America, after which America’s B group — or within the case of this sport, America’s B group, then America.

All-Star MVP Arike Ogunbowale, who scored 26 factors to guide Group WNBA, is from Milwaukee. Courtney Williams, who shot 7-of-8 from the ground, is from Folkston, Ga., about 40 miles northwest of Jacksonville. Kahleah Copper? Philadelphia. Brionna Jones? Baltimore. Candace Parker? St. Louis.

Actually, solely three gamers on Group WNBA weren’t People: Jonquel Jones, who’s from the Bahamas and performs internationally for Bosnia; Liz Cambage, who’s Australian and didn’t play within the All-Star Recreation; and Satou Sabally, who was born in New York however moved to The Gambia as a toddler, then to Germany, whom she represents internationally in 3-on-3.

Aside from Jones’ 18 factors and 14 rebounds, Group WNBA was a bunch of People who made a powerful level about having been ignored for Olympic consideration. And that doesn’t even embody Nneka Ogwunmike, whose exclusion from the American group prompted many observers, however particularly Devereaux Peters, to name out USA Basketball for favoring UConn gamers underneath the management of Geno Auriemma, courting again to Parker getting “the bootiest of the booty minutes” in 2012.

Ogwumike, who has twin citizenship with the U.S. and Nigeria, was denied by FIBA after she petitioned to play for Nigeria, with American consent, ESPN reported on Wednesday. That solely serves to additional tilt the percentages in Group USA’s favor in Tokyo, as among the best gamers on the earth received’t be there.

The People of Group WNBA received’t, both, although they may be the second finest group on the planet. Or, for one evening, the most effective.

Consider it or not, NBA officiating was trash

The phrase “Rigged” was trending on Twitter on the finish of Recreation 4 of the NBA Finals, however for whom was it presupposed to be rigged? The Bucks did even the collection at two video games apiece, however the largest officiating controversy of the evening was Devin Booker not being known as for his sixth foul, in a sport the place he scored 42 factors.

The referees’ woeful evening was a sideshow, as a result of the primary occasion was Giannis Antetokounmpo obliterating an alley-oop try by Deandre Ayton off a Booker feed.

Undecided about these “Bucks in 6” chants on the finish, although. Y’know, as a result of it’s rigged.


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