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DeRozan, Drummond, Hayward, Cousins All Sit in Team USA Win Over Brazil

Team USA pulled out the 95-78 friendly exhibition game win over Brazil at the United Center in Chicago 95-78 by winning the first quarter 29-15 and the fourth quarter 27-15, but for many people watching on ESPN or catching the game on-line, the bigger story was who wasn’t playing.

DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward and DeMarcus Cousins didn’t see a second of court time as DNP-CD. Except for Cousins who was resting a (hopefully) minor injury, not playing in these friendly exhibition games leading up to the tournament in Spain does not bode well for making the team.

Damian Lillard only played 1:47 and Kyle Korver was inserted for just 3:18 as the starters Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis and sixth man Klay Thompson received the bulk of the minutes.

 

 

View the complete boxscore here.

Team USA plays at Madison Square Garden on August 20 against Dominican Republic and on August 22 versus Puerto Rico before heading overseas for their final friendly exhibition game before the tournament against Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Spain on August 26.

The DNP-CD players from Saturday against Brazil will need to see some court time in these friendlies to have a chance of making the final Team USA roster for the World Cup.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.