In a high-stakes showdown at the FIBA World Cup, Australia is set to face off against co-hosts Japan in a do-or-die group game that will determine their fate in the tournament.
The outcome of this crucial clash will decide which team advances to the second round, making it a must-win situation for both squads.
Australia kicked off their campaign with a convincing victory over Finland (98-72) but faced a narrow defeat against Germany (82-85). On the other hand, Japan struggled against Germany (63-81) but managed to secure a win against Finland (98-88).
Nets’ guard Patty Mills has been a standout performer for Australia, averaging 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4 assists in just under 31 minutes per game. As the team prepares to take on the formidable Japanese side, Mills recognizes the challenge ahead.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to play against a host country, one that possesses both on-court firepower and passionate support in the stands,” Mills stated, as reported by Olgun Uluc. “We have to bring our A-game, focusing on executing defensively and controlling the pace of the game.”
Acknowledging the immense pressure associated with this crucial match, Mills emphasized that nothing will be handed to them on a silver platter in the World Cup.
“This is the World Cup… nothing’s gonna be handed to us on a silver plate… Everyone’s gonna give us their best shot… we understand this is gonna be hard. That pressure: we welcome it,” Mills added.