The OKC Thunder have seen superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and defensive ace Lu Dort lead Team Canada to the Semi-Finals of the 2023 FIBA World Cup tournament. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out-dueled Luka Doncic in a quarterfinal matchup with Team Slovenia on Wednesday morning.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup enters its final weekend, with the Final Four playing on Friday morning to set up a Sunday morning Championship round. Team Canada has navigated the tournament at a near-perfect level with just one blemish on their resume as the second favorite for the Cup.
The OKC Thunder see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort lead Team Canada to the FIBA World Cup Semi-Finals, how to watch.
Team Canada will take on Team Serbia in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Semi-Finals on Friday morning at 3:45 AM Central Time on ESPN+. This will be Team Canada’s second to last game of the tournament, with the Championship set for Sunday should they win or a third-place tilt that same day.
While the Final Four should give us two great basketball games, and no one wants to overlook an opponent at this stage, the top two title-odd holders have a shot at meeting up in Sunday’s Championship. In terms of the best basketball game possible, the World should be rooting for Team USA and Team Canada to advance to Sunday’s title bout.
Team Serbia will be no slouch for Team Canada. NBAers Nikola Jovic and Bogdan Bogdanovic will lead Serbia in Friday’s contest. This game would have been even better had Serbia been at full strength for this FIBA World Cup run, but this still shapes up to be a fantastic contest.
To this point, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the best player at the FIBA World Cup, which should give Team Canada the edge when you factor in their depth.
Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 25 points, five assists, six rebounds, and 1.9 STOCKS per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor, 32 percent from distance, and 89 percent at the charity stripe in six FIBA World Cup tournament games.