The US were knocked out by France on Wednesday and NBA great Paul Pierce thinks the Boomers now have a bigger chance to win it all thanks to Patty Mills.
Australia advanced to their first World Cup semi-final with an 82-70 victory over the Czech Republic. Mills scored 24 points and made six assists together with four rebounds throughout the match.
“Australia is certainly playing really well,” Pierce told ESPN. “Patty Mills is the perfect player for these types of games.
“He’s a three point-shooter and been playing for a number of years,” Pierce said. “They should be favourite.”
The Boomers play Spain, who beat them in the playoff for the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, in the last four.
In the other semi-final, Argentina will meet France who defeated the United States after a 13-year unbeaten run in competitive matches played.
— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 11, 2019
The loss by the Americans, who had won the last two tournaments, was greeted with some surprise, although not entirely unexpected in the United States.
Many of the top NBA players, like LeBron James, James Harden and Steph Curry, were in a wider squad of players nominated for consideration for the World Cup and next year’s Olympics in Tokyo but chose to miss the current tournament in China.