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Team USA Basketball Suffers First Loss In 13 Years

Kemba Walker talks to USA head coach Gregg Popovich.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 09: Kemba Walker (L) #26 of the 2019 USA Men's National Team talks with head coach Gregg Popovich of the 2019 USA Men's National Team before the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue-White exhibition game at T-Mobile Arena on August 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With only a week left until the FIBA World Cup begins, USA Basketball found itself in unfamiliar territory against Australia on Saturday. The national team suffered its first loss since 2006.

Unlike past years, Team USA isn't loaded with superstar talent. The days of James Harden and Kevin Durant suiting up for the World Cup are over.

Nonetheless, the national team still has capable playmakers in Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and Khris Middleton.

All the concerns surrounding Team USA seem to be warranted. On Saturday, USA suffered a 98-94 exhibition loss to Australia at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

This loss to Australia snaps a 78-game winning streak in international play.

Australia's leading scorer for the night was Patty Mills, who finished with 30 points.

Team USA didn't see many positives in this exhibition match, but Walker did show poise on the court. He came off the bench and gave his team 22 points and four rebounds.

Gregg Popovich went with a starting lineup of Donovan Mitchell, Marcus Smart, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes and Myles Turner.

It's obviously a concern that Australia defeated USA. On the other hand, the two sides played a few days prior and it resulted in a win.

Before the World Cup officially begins, USA will take on Canada on Monday in another exhibition. It'll give the national team one last chance to figure out their on-court issues.