Team USA Loses Back-To-Back Exhibitions For First Time In Pro Era

By Adam Roberts – 7/13/2021

Looks like Team USA Basketball is going to appreciate the arrival of Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday even more than we thought.

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has now lost back-to-back exhibition games for the first time since pros joined the roster in 1992. Australia upset the Americans 91-to-83 Monday in Las Vegas to get the team off to an 0-and-2 start. They also lost to Nigeria over the weekend, a team they beat by 80+ points back in 2012. Team USA had been 54-and-2 in exhibition games since pros joined the roster. They’ve now matched those losses over nearly three decades in only three days.

Middleton and Holiday are obviously occupied at the moment, but will be a part of the roster that competes in Tokyo this year.