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Jayson Tatum expects Team USA’s final tune-up vs. Canada to be a ‘tough game’

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After losing to Australia, Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum warns Team USA not to take their final tune-up game against Canada lightly.

The match against Canada will be USA Basketball’s last exhibition match before heading to China for the FIBA World Cup. And with the final roster set, fans will finally get a glimpse of the possible plays and rotations that the Americans will use for the international tournament.

Tatum, however, wants his teammates to be more focused than ever and bring their A-game in what he expects to be a difficult match-up against Nick Nurse and the Canadian basketball team.

“It is going to be a tough game. No game, especially at the national level, are easy. Everybody has pride for their country and representing where they are from. So, it’s going to be a tough game,” Tatum said, per John Karalis of MassLive.

Although the Canadians have only one NBA player on their roster, they’re still an above-average team that can cause a lot of problems for a weakened Team USA who already lost Kyle Lowry, De’Aaron Fox, Trae Young and Kyle Kuzma over the past two weeks due to injuries.

After impressive victories against Spain, Team USA split the last two games against Australia. A win against Canada will help give them some much-needed momentum heading to the basketball world championship.

With only a few days left before the tournament, all eyes are on Team USA to show their desire to win. They will be facing a lot of great opponents in China, and it is solely up to them to take their game to an elite level to have a shot at defending their title.