Team USA lost its exhibition game to Australia on Saturday night in Melbourne by a final score of 98-94.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell says while it’s always tough to lose, an exhibition loss doesn’t mean anything in the long run.
“To be honest, this game doesn’t mean anything,” Mitchell said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “Obviously it hurts to lose, but I look at this and we look at this as more of a learning experience as opposed to we just lost. That’s the mindset. If you think of this as a loss, you start to get carried away with all that.
“We’re focused on the film. We’re going to watch it on the plane and we’re going to be ready for Canada. That’s the best thing. You want to win every game, but you learn a lot in losses too.”
The FIBA World Cup in China starts in one week. Team USA will play against Canada in Sydney for its final exhibition game. Team USA opens up group play against the Czech Republic when the FIBA World Cup starts on Sept. 1.
The 12-man roster is set after Los Angeles Lakers small forward withdrew with an ankle injury. Team USA is made up of Kemba Walker, Derrick White, Marcus Smart, Joe Harris, Donovan Mitchell, Jaylen Brown, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Harrison Barnes, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee and Myles Turner.