MANILA, Philippines-Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania vow to place up a combating perspective in opposition to the US when the 2 squads meet in a battle of unbeaten squads to wrap up the second spherical of the Fiba World Cup.
The NBA middle declared Sunday’s contest at Mall of Asia Area received’t be extraordinary regardless of going through acquainted faces in an American group decided to regain supremacy on worldwide basketball’s greatest stage.
“Each sport is particular,” Valanciunas mentioned after Lithuania’s 92-67 win over Greece. “We struggle each sport [and] we depart the whole lot on the courtroom. It doesn’t matter what the opponent’s identify is, we gonna out and struggle.”
Lithuania is assured of a spot within the quarterfinals, already an enchancment from its end within the 2019 version held in China.
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Rokus Jokubaitis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Ignas Brazdeikis are among the many notable gamers apart from Valanciunas who’ve been performing properly for the Lithuanians within the competitors.
Valanciunas might be going through New Orleans Pelicans teammate Brandon Ingram, who has been looking for his groove for the People because the begin of the match.
One other attention-grabbing sidelight is the purpose guard matchup between Jokabaitis and Crew USA starter Jalen Brunson.
Jokubaitis was drafted by the New York Knicks, who’ve his rights after being chosen within the second spherical two years in the past.
“It’s gonna be enjoyable,” Valanciunas mentioned.