Despite lacking the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Team USA have made it through to the semi finals of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup where they take on Lithuania today.
And ahead of the match up against their European opposition Team USA’s James Harden spoke about what is required to reach the final - hard work and determination.
The Houston Rockets star also talked of the pride he and his teammates feel representing their country in the summer tournament.
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The tournament has also served as an opportunity for returning star Derrick Rose to prove his fitness meanwhile after an injury-hit couple of years that have seen his action in the NBA severely limited, but that doesn’t mean the Chicago Bulls man is taking the game lightly with the chance to reach the final of the international tournament on the line.
Rose explained to reporters that Team USA were focusing on their defense ahead of the game, stating that he was confident that the offensive talent on the roster would take care of the scoring at the other end of the court.
USA – Lithuania tips off at 2.pm central time with Serbia taking on France in the second semi final on Friday after the French upset Pau Gasol and Spain last night.