Mexico made it to the Round of 16 Saturday following a relatively easy win over Korea. That means all three Nets in the FIBA World Cup -- Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jorge Gutierrez -- will get out of the first round. . That's the good news. The bad news for Mexico is they face Team USA.
Gutierrez finished the game with 11 points of 5-of-11 shooting and four assists in 23 minutes, as Mexico won, 87-71, going away. For the preliminary round, Gutierrez averaged 9.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting overall, but only 20 percent from three. He went to the line only once per game. He'll face off against Kyrie Irving and/or Derrick Rose on Saturday. The game will be played in Barcelona.
He's been troubled by a bad right shoulder for nearly a month. On Thursday, he wore a bulky shoulder brace for the first time.
Mexico had five players in double figures to make up for the loss of Gustavo Ayon. who was rested. Ayon is the only other NBA player on Team Mexico. He's a free agent after playing last season for Atlanta.