Canada doesn’t look good in win
Canada picked up a third-straight win on Tuesday, but head coach Jay Triano and captain Cory Joseph weren’t the happiest of campers afterward.
That’s because wins and losses aren’t pivotal at this tuneup tournament — the real games start next week at Olympic qualifying in Mexico City — it’s more how Canada executes and for the third game in a row, the team let its opponent eat well into a 15-point deficit.
“We’re making steps in the right direction, (but) we felt like we should have done a better job today, so we thought we took a step back,” Joseph, the new Raptors point guard, said post-game.
“Obviously we got the (win), so we’re happy about that, but we understood that they weren’t playing most of their guys so it could be different next game, but we also do feel like we should be ready by tournament time.”
As Joseph mentioned, the Dominican Republic — 86-74 losers in the end — were without absent stars like Al Horford and No. 1 NBA pick Karl-Anthony Towns