Myles Turner’s tweets regarding Team USA being eliminated from the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Indiana Pacers‘ Myles Turner took on twitter after the Team USA was eliminated from the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

“From 1-12 top to bottom this team this roster has sacrificed so much for our nation. our summers, our bodies, our mental. We came up short can’t nobodies more upset than us but I refuse to tolerate any Slander for our play you cannot question our heart.

Our character, or are spirit we layed it all out on the line each and every game. Don’t disrespect us, this coaching staff or USA Basketball as a whole but respect the world basketball is an international game these countries are talented.

JB, Khris, JT, Dmitch, Mason, Marcus, Kemba, D White, BrooK, HB, Joe it’s been an honor I’d go to war with any of these fellas any given night. #Godspeed fellas let’s head home with a Dub 

We’re also the ones who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down. We qualified our nation for the Olympics we got some work to do to rebuild a legacy that was left before us were on the wrong side of history indeed. But that’s gunna make the next medal that much sweeter!”

Fantasy Basketball: 2019 Boston Celtics Preview

The Celtics have enjoyed four straight winning seasons, with the trend likely continuing this season despite losing several key pieces. Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Morris all bolted for greener pastures. These may seem like a devastating losses, but opportunities are now present for young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to step up and take their games to the next level. Gordon Hayward is another year removed from his gruesome injury and should be a bounce back candidate. Oh, and the additions of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter don’t hurt either. The Celts did some addition by subtraction, and are primed to challenge for the Eastern Conference title yet again.

Jayson Tatum Is A Game-Time Decision For Team USA vs. France

Jayson Tatum of Team USA

Jayson Tatum has been sidelined with an ankle injury since USA Basketball’s win over Turkey last week and the former no. 3 overall pick was expected to miss the remainder of the tournament. However, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Tatum was participating in shootaround and is a game-time decision.

Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown are among the players to step up in Tatum’s absence. Brown, in particular, has expanded his game with the team enabling him to be a play-making, small-ball power forward.

Gregg Popovich’s squad will face arguably their greatest challenge in France, a team led by Rudy Gobert. France has lost just one game during the World Cup (a two-point loss to Australia in the second round of group play).

The winner of the Team USA-France contest will take on Argentina on Friday.

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Boston Celtics Young Core is CRAZY! ☘️ FIBA World Cup Highlights

Four members of the Boston Celtics have been getting reps in prior to the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker are in China for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, where they’ve propelled Team USA to a 3-0 record.

Jaylen Brown put up a 20-piece in a 98-45 rout over Turkey earlier this morning. Walker, the C’s newest member, had 15 points and dropped 8 dimes.

Check out some other highlights from Team USA.

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Team USA Defeats Turkey 93-92 in Overtime at FIBA World Cup 🇺🇸

Team USA was on the verge of taking their first loss in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. In a back-and-forth battle against Turkey, Jayson Tatum sank two free throws with 0.1 seconds to force overtime.

Turkey had every chance to capitalize in overtime, but missed four (!!) consecutive free throws, which led to Khris Middleton getting fouled and sinking the game-winning free throws to put Team USA 2-0 in Group E. Kemba Walker also finished with 14 points.

Tatum rolled his ankle in transition and exited the game in the overtime. The sprain doesn’t seem to be serious as the 21-year-old was able to walk on his own without a noticeable limp.

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Jayson Tatum Sprains Ankle In FIBA Match

Jayson Tatum of Team USA

The American national team eked out a victory in FIBA World Cup play this morning but Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum rolled his ankle in the final minute of overtime action, immediately casting doubt on his availability for the rest of the tournament.

While the official update stated that the 21-year-old had sprained his left ankle and he did miss the remainder of the contest, he’s since spoken with the media and quelled some concern.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic tweeted that Tatum is moving under his own power and says the ankle feels better than it did at the time, while Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe adds that Tatum reportedly texted Celtics coach Brad Stevens to say that the injury didn’t appear to be serious.

Tatum, who finished the matchup against Turkey with 11 points, is in line for a big season with the Celtics and, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

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Team USA World Cup roster finalized

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma’s left ankle injury would prevent him from participating in the upcoming competition. As a result, Kyle Kuzma will not make the 12-men Team USA roster. 

The official 2019 USA World Cup Team now includes 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); 2014 World Cup gold medalist Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

The USA Basketball World Cup Team coaching staff features the USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, and USA assistant coaches and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright. 

With the nation’s best players avoiding the competition, another nation’s head coach took a shot at the American side. Serbian national team head coach Sasha Djordjevic had a strong message for the United States men’s basketball team: “Let’s let them [Team USA] play their basketball and we will play ours and if we meet, may God help them!”