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Mason Plumlee plays well in Team USA win over Puerto Rico

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With final cuts looming, Mason Plumlee played only nine minutes on Friday night vs. Puerto Rico and made the most of it. Plumlee scored four points, two on an alley-oop from DeMarcus Cousins to end the game, grabbed five boards and stole the ball twice as Team USA beat Puerto Rico by 26 at The Garden.

And while Plumlee didn't get much playing time --and had some trouble guarding Puerto Rico's pick-and-roll-- the player who's likely his chief competitor, Andre Drummond, didn't play at all. In fact, if Mike Krzyzewski's rotation mimics his final cuts, it's likely that Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward and Damian Lillard will not be boarding the USA Basketball charter bound for Spain Saturday.  Among those who did play and could be headed to Spain were Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver, both believed to be on the bubble.

The final roster is not officially due until August 29, the day before the World Cup begins but Mike Krzyzewski said the roster will be announced Saturday prior to departure. The Americans play Slovenia in Spain on Tuesday, their final warm-up before they open against Finland in Bilbao, Spain, next weekend.

Plumlee said the experience of going from Nets summer team to the USA Select Team to the cusp of making Team USA has been "nerve-wracking."  Now, he's down to the last day.

USA Basketball did not say when on Saturday the roster will be announced.