Title: Overmatched Canada encounters nightmare scenario in World Cup-opening loss to Australia
Date: September 1, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada being outmatched in their World Cup opener, an expected yet worrisome result.
Do you know those very realistic dreams that don’t make a lot of sense? The ones where the scenes are familiar but the narrative is off, like your brain is playing a highlights package? Your dream is rolling along with a positive memory and then your brain’s algorithm takes a jump-cut, and suddenly no matter what image enters, the YouTube suggestion is inevitably “Ohio Is For Lovers” by Hawthorne Heights?
I would bet that Nick Nurse does. Maybe it was the 3:30 a.m. tipoff back home, or the first game working two new players in after a lengthy exhibition series, or just a very tough matchup with a very good Australian team, but Nurse had to feel like he was living through an incongruent memory in Canada Basketball’s opener at the FIBA World Cup.
The result was a nightmare. Canada was on the wrong end of a 108-92 final, an outcome that puts Canada well behind the jump in a difficult Group H.