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Carrying results from Group A, Serbia will be placed in Group I in the second round. The top three teams of the new six-team group will punch in a ticket for the 2023 World Cup. The second round of the Qualifiers starts in late August, shortly before the 2022 EuroBasket. In the preliminary round of the major international tournament, Serbia in Group B is set to face the Netherlands, hosts Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, and Poland.
The official schedule for FIBA EuroBasket 2022 is now set after all game times for the Group Phase and Final Phase were confirmed. The schedule was finalized after taking into consideration the preferred tip-off times of all four hosts Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany and Italy, as well as FIBA’s broadcast partners. The 41st edition of Europe’s flagship event will commence on Saturday, September 1, 2022 with three-time winners Spain taking on Bulgaria in the Group A opener in Tbilisi, while Germany take on France in Cologne to conclude the opening day’s action in Group B.
The Americans now will likely have to win their final two pool play games against Iran and Czech Republic to advance to the medal round. They could technically advance on scoring margin if they lose another game, however. “We were just trying too hard to do the right thing,” Lillard said. “Instead of just being who we are — the best players in the NBA.”
It is unclear how much coach Gregg Popovich can rely on the three to play, but he indicated his plan is to use them against the French, who project to be the toughest matchup the Americans will face in a pool-play round that also includes games against Iran and the Czech Republic. “We obviously know they’re in shape. They’re tired. They just went through a roller coaster of emotion,” Team USA guard Zach LaVine said. “I think they’ll be ready to go, and we’ll see what happens. But as for the team, I think we need to be ready for everything. If they’re not ready to go, then we have to go out there and perform still.”