Basketball: NBA winners Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton en route to Tokyo 2020

The Team USA basketball stars will also be joined on the flight by Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns whose side came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks.

After a 50-year long wait, the Milwaukee Bucks have won the National Basketball Association Finals.

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 50 points, the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game Six to win their first title since 1971.

The action however, doesn’t stop there for Bucks stars Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Suns guard Devin Booker.

The three must quickly shift gears away from the heights of the NBA towards the world’s greatest sporting stage, as they head to Japan to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, staged in 2021.

The U.S. basketball reinforcements come at an apt time; all three players have excelled throughout the Finals.

Phoenix made two three throws to pull themselves within 100-96 of the Bucks with 1:14 remaining in Game Six. Middleton replied with a jumper and added two free throws so guarantee the Bucks a healthy eight-point lead all but making them uncatchable.

Although Booker was on the losing side, the guard still added 19 points for Phoenix in the championship decider.

Will there be any residual tension between the three? With Team USA suffering two surprise upsets against Nigeria and Australia in the final exhibition matches ahead of the Games, the final foes will quickly have to transform into well-connected teammates if the men from the U.S. hope to clinch a seventh gold medal.

U.S. men’s basketball team will begin their Olympic campaign against France on Sunday 25 July at 21:00 JST.

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