Heading into the FIBA World Cup, Greece was seen as a potential dark horse in a field opened by the apparent weakness of Team USA.
Greec claimed an early lead, but it did not take long for Team USA to pull away and take control of the game by figuring out how to contain NBA MVP Antetokounmpo.
Popovich and his coaching staff put in a star performance Saturday night in Team USA's 69-53 win over Greece.
The Americans had already clinched a berth to Round 2 after going up 2-0 in their first and second games of the tournament and other Group E teams picking up at least one loss. The USA still has a game against Brazil in the second round of group play on Monday.
Going by Matheos photos he kindly shared with GCT, we get a glimpse of inside the store which pays homage to all things Greek and the NBA's 2019 MVP.
Antetokounmpo was assessed a common foul, but some on Team USA were still bothered by the incident postgame. Even though Smart is one of the best defenders in the league, he should not stand a chance against Giannis.
The Greek players were determined to give Team USA a good run for its money and try and snatch victory in the end.
"It was another great victory for us, " Satoransky said, with the team playing to its identity by "playing fast, running, sharing the ball and fighting on defense". But the USA, devoid of superstars with significant national team experience, needed a strong performance against Japan to further jell as a national team, especially with Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum out with injury. That doesn't mean other guys didn't contribute - Harrison Barnes had 9 points and 7 boards, Jaylen Brown had 8 points and 9 rebounds, and Myles Turner had 8 points and 7 rebounds plus got some defensive time on the Greek Freak. "But here every team has a different take on the way they want to play". He knows the mentality of the way they play.
Last season, the Boston Celtics' disappointing season ended in disappointing fashion thanks in large to the Bucks, as they were ousted in the conference semi-finals in five games. "Apologies only go so far". "We'll be ready to go, we're not afraid of anybody".
Brown reportedly told Giannis to "check your brother" and continued to exchange words until teammates separated the two.
Despite Greece cutting the United States' lead to as few as 11 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Greece's coach Thanasis Skourtopoulo said he consulted with Antetokounmpo to rest him for Monday's game against the Czech Republic.
"Looking forward to it", Brown said.