MANILA, Philippines—Austin Reaves discovered himself on the unhealthy finish of a viral second in Workforce USA’s loss to Lithuania within the Fiba World Cup on Sunday.
Reaves had a giant goal on his again towards Lithuania, which punished him within the submit each time he was on the ground.
Reaves played his worst game for Workforce USA, ending with seven factors on 1-of-4 capturing from the sector in lower than 13 minutes of motion. He fouled out with nonetheless 2:13 left within the recreation.
Reaves had a troublesome time containing Lithuania’s larger guards on the low block, together with Vaidas Kariniauskas, who even caught his tongue out on the Los Angeles Lakers rising star after scoring towards him.
Kariniauskas, nevertheless, cleared that taunting Reaves was “nothing private.”
In reality, Kariniauskas was even inspired by a minimum of Reaves’ older brother Spencer.
“I performed together with his brother so I talked to him earlier than the sport and he stated ‘give him the trash discuss,’” he stated following Lithuania’s 110-104 win.
He did simply that and backed it up too with 15 huge factors in 17 minutes off the bench to assist Lithuania keep unbeaten at 5-0 heading into the quarterfinal spherical.
The 29-year-old Kariniauskas and Spencer had been teammates with Brose Bamberg in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) final 12 months.
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