NBA news: One of the standouts of Team USA’s massive win over Puerto Rico on Monday night was an eye-opening performance by Milwaukee Bucks big man Bobby Portis. The 28-year-old veteran is set to play the role of an elder statesman among a team of young superstars for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Well, it seems like Portis did not get the memo on Monday night as he stole the show in America’s 117-74 tune-up game win over their South American foes.
NBA News: Fans Love Bobby Portis’ Team USA Debut
Portis had limited minutes in his Team USA debut, but he made the most out of them. The Bucks forward/center logged 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in just 13 minutes of action. He also collected three rebounds, one steal, and a block as he provided quality minutes off the bench for head coach Steve Kerr. Portis’ trademark hustle and tenacity were on full display in this one, and it resulted in a +23 +/- rating for him on the evening.
The fans loved Portis’ performance so much that the capacity crowd started chanting his name at one point in the fourth quarter:
Bobby chants have erupted in Vegas! 🗣️
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 8, 2023
NBA News: Anthony Edwards Leads Charge for Team USA
While Portis may have put in a huge performance in his first game for the national squad, it was actually Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Anthony Edwards who led the charge with a team-high 15-point performance (tied with Cam Johnson). The 6-foot-4 shooting guard also logged four assists and four steals while going 7-of-13 from the field. There are more than a few stars on the roster, but it is clear that Edwards will play an integral role for Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
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