Tyrese Haliburton and Team USA’s 2023 FIBA World Cup run has come to an end, and it ended in disappointment.
Haliburton and company weren’t even able to get the bronze medal, losing the third-place game to Canada in an overtime thriller. Haliburton, in particular, had a very up-and-down final few games in the World Cup, losing three out of his last four games.
His performance in the final two games were particularly rough, whether it was his lack of defensive ability or his poor shot selection, which ultimately contributed to Team USA digging themselves a hole they could not get out of in time.
3 Positives, 3 negatives from Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton’s FIBA World Cup run with Team USA
However, Haliburton’s struggles should take away from the multitude of positive things we saw from him in these Team USA performances. Oftentimes, the Indiana Pacers point guard stole the show, whether it be with a deep three, a slick pass, or a spectacular alley-oop setup.
Haliburton played 13 games for Team USA on the World Cup stage, including the five exhibition games I have already covered, and he had plenty of standout moments, as well as some failures on the big screen.
Obviously, Haliburton’s and Team USA’s run would have been much sweeter had they taken home a gold medal (or at least made the finals), but there were still plenty of takeaways to note when it comes to the point guard’s performances throughout the tournament.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at three positives and three negatives from Haliburton’s run with Team USA at the World Cup, with one of the negatives being more of an inconsistentcy.