Especially at the last moment, when the U.S. team is facing a life-and-death attack and defense, they are constantly making mistakes, Walker missed the free throw, Middleton stepped on the line... Oolong is a constant and tragic sight. Perhaps, by that time, the American players themselves had lost confidence.
In fact, the U.S. team has not been favored since its start. Because of the absence of all the top NBA stars in active service and the withdrawal of the injured players, the U.S. mens basketball team lacked talent and stumbled in many matches, showing its short board.
In fact, before the start of the World Cup, the American team had lost to the Australian mens basketball team in the warm-up match. Perhaps that had foreshadowed the outcome of the World Cup.