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Team USA vs. Lithuania World Cup semifinals open game thread

Derrick Rose guns for a second straight strong game while Team USA guns for a spot in the World Cup final.

David Ramos

With Spain's stunning defeat at the hands of France, Team USA's best competition at the World Cup has been eliminated. It would be pretty stunning if the Americans didn't claim gold now, but as we saw with Spain yesterday, anything can happen. Lithuania is a talented squad that features Toronto Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

For Team USA, Derrick Rose looks to put forth his second straight strong performance. Rose had his best game of the tournament against Slovenia in the quarterfinals, scoring 12 points and handing out five assists. He was super aggressive right from the start, and he kept it up the entire game. Hopefully we see more of that today and Team USA nabs a spot in the World Cup final.