Memes: Twitter reacts to Team USA losing to Australia and suffering back-to-back defeats

Joshua Rogers July 13, 2021
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Twitter has gone in on Team USA after the superstar side, featuring a number of NBA All-Stars, suffered its second successive defeat.

The men’s US basketball team are clear favourites to win gold at the Olympics later this month, but consecutive defeats have cast doubts on their credentials.

The entire basketball world reacted and created some sublime Team USA memes.

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Team USA has nightmare start to Olympics preparation

In the first of two exhibition games, Team USA suffered a shock defeat to Nigeria in a 90-87 loss Saturday night.

Team USA came in with only four days of practice but, with the likes of Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal, were expected to run out comfortable winners.

However, Team Nigeria, led by Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent, upset the heavy Olympic favourites with physical defense and 3-point shooting.

Afterwards, Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said: “In a way I’m kind of glad it happened.

“It means nothing if we don’t learn from it. It could be the most important thing in this tournament for us. To learn lessons from this.”

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Team USA suffers consecutive losses

Things went from bad to worse for Coach Pop and his Olympic squad after suffering yet another defeat, this time to Australia.

Team USA have now lost back-to-back exhibition games for the first time since pros started playing in 1992.

Team USA rolled out a new starting line-up against Australia with Jerami Grant and Draymond Green getting nods in the front court. However, it made little difference as Australia won 91-83.

San Antonio’s Patty Mills led the way with 22 points on 9-for-21 shooting, with Utah’s Joe Ingles adding 17 points.

Twitter reacts to the defeat, creates hilarious Team USA memes

The consecutive losses will inevitably spark major fears about Team USA’s chances of claiming gold in Tokyo later this month.

The entire basketball world reacted to the losses on Twitter, with Team Nigeria even getting in on the memes.

Other hilarious memes, at the expense of Team USA, soon followed.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.