In the lead up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup many countries are organising friendly matches for extra preparation.
The Australian and Canadian squads have agreed to play two matches at RAC Arena in Perth, on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17.
Many NBA players have decided to pull out of the clash due to ongoing injuries and preparations for the upcoming season.
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Big Australian name Ben Simmons has decided he will not take part in the World Cup this year, meaning he will also not play in these upcoming practice matches.
Canada has lost many stars, including Miami Heat power forward Kelly Olynyk to a calf injury, Denver Nuggets gun Jamal Murray and Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristian Thompson.
While this is a friendly clash, it will also serve as a sighter for Australia’s clash with Canada in the group stage of the World Cup.
Australian Boomers players to watch
Joe Ingles – 6ft 8in (2.03m), 226 lb (103kg), Forward
Within the harsh NBA environment, Ingles has built a tough reputation. As a no-fuss defender that shoots the ball well from beyond the arc, the Utah Jazz man is rated highly by opposition. His shooting ability will stretch the floor well for the Aussies and create good space for his teammates.
Chris Goulding – 6ft 4in (1.92m), 203 lb (92kg), Shooting Guard
Although Goulding has never broken into an NBA squad, he is a very capable player. He has dominated the NBL since 2006 and accumulated many awards, including the scoring title in 2014. His smarts with the ball will be a good asset for the Aussies.
Team Canada players to watch
Chris Boucher – 6ft 10in (2.08m), 201 lb (91kg), Forward
With offensive prowess and great defensive IQ, Boucher is quite a versatile player. He averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game in the G League last season en route to the MVP award. With a number of other players pulling out, the Toronto Raptors reserve will be primed to make an impact.
Cory Joseph – 6ft 3in (1.91m), 193 lb (88kg), Point Guard
Joseph has made a name for himself in the NBA as a crafty point guard that makes the most of his opportunities. He has played for four different franchises after being selected in the first round of the NBA draft in 2011. Joseph will be comfortable at national level, as he captained the Canadians back in 2015.
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