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Report: Marcus Smart out rest of World Cup

USA v France: Quarter Final - FIBA World Cup 2019

DONGGUAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 11: Marcus Smart of USA reacts during FIBA World Cup 2019 Quarter-finals match between USA and France at Dongguan Basketball Center on September 11, 2019 in Dongguan, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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Among the many questions facing Team USA following its loss to France: Do the Americans care where they finish between fifth and eighth place in the World Cup?

The United States has a gold-or-bust standard for basketball. It’d be nice to beat Serbia tomorrow then Czech Republic or Poland on Saturday. But this tournament is already a failure for USA Basketball.

So, Marcus Smart might as well not play through injury.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Smart played well for the U.S. despite injury issues. He’s a good defender who contributes well in a limited role. USA Basketball just needed to put more stars around players like him.

Hopefully, these health issues don’t carry into the Celtics’ season. Boston placed a record four players on Team USA, which provided great opportunities to build chemistry. But injury was one of the risks, and Jayson Tatum is already out with a sprained ankle.