After scoring 19 points against both Spain and Turkey in FIBA exhibition play, San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph utilized another element of his offense – his passing Tuesday, in Canada’s 89-65 victory over Angola. Joseph once more cracked the double-digit scoring mark with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, but it was his 11 assists that were his main contribution, as he ended with half of the team’s overall assists (22).
In their five-game run of exhibition matches, Canada finished with a 2-3 record. Though Canada did not qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month, Canada’s goal was to use the exhibition matches so their squad could gain as much experience with every opportunity.
Joseph finished the five-game exhibition run averaging 13.8 points and 4.8 assists per game for Canada. When Joseph reaches training camp with the Spurs in October, he’ll have his shot at the backup point guard spot for an early part of the season, since backup point guard Patty Mills is currently recovering from an injury.
Though he’s technically not a Spurs player since he’s a restricted free agent, center Aron Baynes led Australia with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists in Australia’s overtime 87-81 loss to Finland Tuesday.
Boris Diaw and France will face the Philippines on Friday (08/15/2014), but it’ll be interesting to see if Diaw’s insurance issue with his new NBA contract is cleared up by then. On Saturday, Tiago Splitter and Brazil will come to the United States to face Team USA in Chicago, in a friendly between the north and south American countries.