SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There was plenty of time to talk about it, had they wanted to. Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton were together on a plane to Tokyo, just days after they had played in the hard-fought NBA Finals. They had roughly nine hours in the air to relive details of that series, to revisit some of their memorable moments.
The USA's men's basketball team bounced back from their shock opening-game defeat with a comfortable 120-66 victory over Iran. The Americans saw their 25-game Olympic winning streak ended by France on Sunday, but never looked in danger of suffering another loss here. Damian Lillard top-scored with 21 points, while Devin Booker added 16 points and five rebounds.
With Damian Lillard's 21 points, Team USA rolled to a 120-66 victory over Iran to rebound from an opening loss to France at the Tokyo Olympics Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Team USA rebounded from an opening loss with their first victory of the Tokyo Olympics, romping past Iran 120-66 on Wednesday.
Olympics shocker as France beat Team USA men's basketball team 83-76 in opening game: Loss ends 25-game win streak dating back to the 2004 Games
French upset the U.S. when they last met in the 2019 FIBA World Cup quarter-finals and did so again Sunday The loss doesn´t knock the U.S. out of medal contention, but it essentially eliminates the margin for error Coach said team had to be more consistent, pointing to several leads they had let slip away
TOKYO -- Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday arrived in Japan on a private jet just before 11 p.m. Saturday, less than 24 hours before Team USA opens Olympic play against France in a vital game out of the gate. It was a brutal travel day after an exhausting playoff stretch, and the combination will test their mental and physical stamina.
TOKYO -- The trio of players making the unprecedented jump from the NBA Finals to the Olympics are all scheduled to be in Japan by Saturday. The hope is for Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to be available when Team USA opens play Sunday against France, according to coach Gregg Popovich.
MILWAUKEE -- Devin Booker moved slowly and meticulously from his locker to the exit, much the way one might expect when departing a room of peers not guaranteed to reconvene as a group. Reality hit with force for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. As the book closed on a surprising return to the playoffs culminating in what might have been measured six months ago as an implausible NBA Finals run, the Suns sat in complete silence in the losing locker room at Fiserv Forum frozen by the gravity of reaching the end.
'It hurts': Phoenix Suns fall short of winning NBA title, lose Game 6 to Milwaukee Bucks in NBA Finals
MILWAUKEE — Goodbye, NBA Finals. Hello, disappointment and heartbreak. The Phoenix Suns failed to force a decisive Game 7 in the NBA Finals. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated them, 105-98, in Tuesday night's Game 6 before a sellout crowd of 17,397 at Fiserv Forum to win the 2021 NBA championship.
Zach LaVine clears health and safety protocols, will join U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Tokyo on Thursday
Team USA guard Zach LaVine has cleared health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Tuesday night. He will join the rest of the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon. The Olympics begin Friday, with the U.S. set for its first pool-play game on Sunday against France.
Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have reached the NBA mountaintop. Devin Booker just suffered quite possibly the most painful loss of his basketball career. Soon, all three of them will be together on what figures to be a very awkward flight to Tokyo. The three players, all committed to play for Team USA at the Olympics in Tokyo later this month, are scheduled to depart for Japan on Friday via a private plane provided by USA Basketball, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered an NBA title for the Milwaukee Bucks with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the Finals on Tuesday night. Antetokounmpo scored 33 in the second half, including his 50th point on a game-sealing free throw with 9.8 seconds remaining.
Sha'Carri Richardson has reportedly tested positive for cannabis. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images Kanye West has never been one to shy away from the spotlight, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that he managed to turn our attention away from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul, Devin Booker & Co. during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The U.S. men's basketball team's road to the 2021 Olympics has been a bumpy one. Team USA set off alarm bells with losses to Nigeria and Australia in its first two exhibition games. Head coach Gregg Popovich then found out Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery) were forced to withdraw, and now Zach LaVine's status is up in the air.
Coverage of the NBA Finals continues on Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks look to seal the championship with a win at home. The Phoenix Suns, meanwhile, will be doing all they can to force a Game 7. Join us live on Sky Sports Main Event & Arena from 1.45am
MILWAUKEE – The three NBA stars have spent the past two weeks studying each other from afar. Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker have also spent that time avoiding each other up close. “Right now,” Middleton said, “we haven’t said a word to each other.”
Chris Paul on Giannis Antetokounmpo FTs: ‘Everybody’s out there anticipating a miss. Hell, even he is’
Giannis Antetokounmpo – as great as he has played overall – has shot just 39-for-66 on free throws in the NBA Finals (59%). But the Bucks have offensively rebounded some of those misses, including Antetokounmpo tipping out his own miss after he drew a foul on his incredible alley-oop late in Game 5.
After putting themselves in an 0-2 hole, the Milwaukee Bucks have won the last three games of the 2021 NBA Finals entering Tuesday's Game 6 at 9 p.m. ET. The Bucks will have a chance to win their first championship in 50 years and they can do so in front of what is sure to be a raucous home crowd.