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The US national basketball team trained in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Wednesday ahead of their FIBA World Cup quarter-final against France.
The match will pit the US’s Donovan Mitchell against fellow Utah Jazz star and the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.
Mitchell says there has been no contact between the two Jazz players in recent days. “No, not at all, no contact. I blocked him,” he laughed. “Blocked him until after the game.”
France have other notable NBA players including the Hornets’ Nic Batum and the Magic’s Evan Fournier.
The US team has cruised through the China FIBA World Cup with five victories so far, four of them by double digits.
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