Despite all the publicity Team USA has gotten in recent weeks, one might be surprised to know that none of it actually counted for anything — until today. After a handful of intra-squad scrimmages and international friendlies, the FIBA World Championship officially began today in Istanbul. Team USA would get things started on the right foot, demolishing Croatia, 106-78.

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