Team USA Basketball Schedule: Breaking Down Road to World Cup 2014

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2014

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Despite injuries and withdrawals, Team USA is still the squad to beat heading into the FIBA World Cup. 

With a healthy Derrick Rose, James Harden, Anthony Davis and others leading the way, the expectation is that the Americans will band together to bring home the win for the United States.

Before World Cup play begins, the United States still has a few more exhibitions left to play. The Americans have already beaten Brazil 95-78 in Chicago earlier this month, and they demolished the Dominican Republic 105-62 in New York on Wednesday.

The win in Chicago was a homecoming for Rose. The Chicago native and Chicago Bulls star has battled major knee injuries the last two years. The game at the United Center marked the first time he performed on his home floor since November 22 of 2013.

Per Nick Friedell of, after the game, Rose said: 

I've been preparing for this for a long time. Probably, if this was a couple weeks ago I wouldn't have been emotional, but right now it feels great. We won the game so that's the only thing I could be happy about -- we won. We didn't lose. If we had lost my whole attitude would have been different. Just take this win, go to New York [Sunday] and just try to keep this going.

If Rose can stay healthy, he figures to be among the standouts for Team USA throughout the World Cup.

Rose has sat out two practices and missed the game against the Dominicans, but he and Team USA insist he's just resting.

He will play in the next tuneup. Here's a look at the remaining exhibition games before World Cup play begins on August 30.

Team USA Exhibition Schedule
August 22Puerto RicoNew York7 p.m. ETESPN 2
August 26SloveniaGran Canaria, Spain2 p.m. ETESPN 2

Neither Puerto Rico or Slovenia figure to present much of an issue for the Americans, but the going will get tougher once the real competition begins.

Team USA will open against Finland, Here's a breakdown of the World Cup schedule, assuming the Americans advance to the gold medal game as expected.

FIBA World Cup Schedule in Spain
August 30FinlandGroup3:30 p.m. ETESPN
August 31TurkeyGroup3:30 p.m. ETESPN
September 2New ZealandGroup11:30 a.m. ETESPN
September 3Dominican RepublicGroup3:30 p.m. ETESPN
September 4UkraineGroup11:30 a.m. ETESPN
September 6-7TBARound of 16TBATBA
September 9-10TBAQuarterfinalsTBATBA
September 11-12TBASemifinalsTBATBA
Sept 13TBABronze Medal GameTBATBA
September 14TBAGold Medal GameTBATBA

If all goes as planned, there will be a coronation on September 14. If not, there will be a boatload of questions and a sea of disappointment for American hoops fans who can't stomach second-place finishes.


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