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Team USA bounced back vs. Italy, Austin Reaves' role to close the game coach Ham could use

By James Brown

After Reaves' detractors celebrated his setback against Lithuania, the Lakers guard and Team USA have bounced back with style

After Reaves' detractors celebrated his setback against Lithuania, the Lakers guard and Team USA have bounced back with style

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The Austin Reaves haters are awfully quiet on social media right now after the performance the Lakers guar had with Team USA against Italy to advance to the next round.

In 20 minutes, Reaves scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 75/67/100 splits. Austin also had an impressive putback dunk that got the Philipines crowd on fire.

The Lakers guard spoke the way he does after the backlash he received from his performance in the last game, Reaves' answer was on the court with another impressive game.

Another highlight for Reaves that coach Ham is probably paying attention to, is that the Lakers guard got at point guard to close out the game, that's a role Darvin is probably going to give a decent amount of time with the purple and gold.

Team USA had a bounce-back game vs. Italy

After losing against Lithuania it was necessary for a dominant win, and Team USA delivered just that by beating 100-63 Italy to advance. Mikal Bridges was the standout with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Haliburton had 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Austin had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.


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