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Australia Planned On Resting Starters, Using Only Half Of Playbook Against USA

Aug 11, 2016 11:30 AM

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis was prepared to limit his starters' minutes in the second half while also using only half of his playbook during their group stage game against the United States.

With a possible rematch with a medal at stake, there would be a competitive advantage in not showing the United States too much.

But Australia kept the game within single-digits into the final quarter with the United States winning 98-88. Australia actually had a 54-49 lead over Team USA at halftime.

The United States have won 71 straight games, last losing against Greece in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

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Tags: United States, Australia, National, National Teams

Dante Exum Won't Participate In Olympics For Australia

Jun 19, 2016 9:46 AM

Danté Exum will not participate in Australian National Team activities this summer.

Exum will instead focus on his preparation for the 2016-17 Jazz season. His rehabilitation and recovery process has continued to progress accordingly, and he was recently cleared for full-contact basketball activities.

“At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training,” said Exum. “It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country.”

The 20-year-old guard underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee on Sept. 3, 2015, after having sustained a tear of the ACL on Aug. 4 while competing for the Australian National Team in a game against the Slovenian National Team in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a result of the injury, he missed the entire 2015-16 NBA season.

RealGM Staff Report

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