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

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Team USA Basketball Schedule: Breaking Down Road to World Cup 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
Date Opponent Location Time TV
August 22 Puerto Rico New York 7 p.m. ET ESPN 2
August 26 Slovenia Gran Canaria, Spain 2 p.m. ET ESPN 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
Date Opponent Stage Time TV
August 30 Finland Group 3:30 p.m. ET ESPN
August 31 Turkey Group 3:30 p.m. ET ESPN
September 2 New Zealand Group 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN
September 3 Dominican Republic Group 3:30 p.m. ET ESPN
September 4 Ukraine Group 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN
September 6-7 TBA Round of 16 TBA TBA
September 9-10 TBA Quarterfinals TBA TBA
September 11-12 TBA Semifinals TBA TBA
Sept 13 TBA Bronze Medal Game TBA TBA
September 14 TBA Gold Medal Game TBA TBA

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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