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Watch Live: Team USA vs. Puerto Rico, 10:00 PM ET on FS1

It’s debut time for Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson in red, white and blue colors of Team USA

2023 FIBA World Cup - USA Men’s National Team Practice - Las Vegas Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

For the first time, the Nets “twins” will represent their country in international play as Team USA plays Puerto Rico in a “friendly” — FIBA terminology for exhibition game — at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mikal Bridges has started in all the team’s scrimmages vs. Team Select, USA Basketball’s young stars, Johnson in half of them.

The red, white and blue will play five “friendlies” in Las Vegas, Malaga, Spain and Abu Dhabi, UAE, before headed to the FIBA World Cup in Manila which for the US begins against New Zealand on August 26. Between now and the final weekend of Cup play on September 9-10, Team USA could play as many as 14 games.

WHO: Team USA vs. Puerto Rico

WHEN: 10:00 PM ET


Game Preview

This is the youngest, least experienced team USA Basketball has ever sent to an international competition since the NBA era began 30 years ago. Not one of the 12 players on the roster has ever represented the senior team at either the Olympics or World Cup. Puerto Rico will be the veteran club in the matchup.

Special note for long-time Nets fans: Bill Raftery will be handling commentary tonight. Onions!!