Puerto Rico - USA: how to watch, TV, online, streaming - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers
All the information you need to know and how and where to watch the Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifier between Puerto Rico and the USA.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers take place this week as countries look to advance to the 2023 Basketball World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines next summer.
In this qualifying window, 25 active NBA players are represented on FIBA rosters. The Dallas Mavericks have the most players represented with four, including superstar Luka Doncic with his country Slovenia. Team Canada has the most current NBA players on a National team roster with 10 in this window.
USA face Puerto Rico and Cuba
With games Friday at Puerto Rico and Monday at Cuba set to complete the first round of the tournament, the Americans (3-1) have already qualified for the second round, and going 2-0 in these next two games would move them closer to a spot in the World Cup.
USA head coach Jim Boylen spoke ahead of the games.
“I’ve said this before, and if I’m repeating myself, I’m sorry, but this is the most competitive thing I’ve ever done,” Boylen said.
“And this is why: You have 10 days to put the team together, you have 11 days together as a team, seven practices, travel, and you play meaningful games that we need to win. You’re fighting a lot of issues. That makes it the most competitive thing.”
USA not at full strength
Boylen is not taking the Olympic team to Puerto Rico and Cuba. The Americans are using a team composed primarily of either G League players or others who are playing in overseas leagues.
“It’s very difficult to come together and really play as a team,” said David Stockton, a World Cup qualifying veteran for the US who was going to be part of this team until getting sidelined by a hand injury. “I think Coach does a great job of getting us back to the basics and bringing us together in such a short time to go against these teams that have played forever. You know how hyped up those teams are to play us, and all that comes with representing the best team in the world and having USA on your chest.”
What time does Puerto Rico vs USA get underway?
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifier between Puerto Rico and the USA gets underway at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday 1 July, 2022, at 8:10 pm US (ET) and 5:10 pm US (PT).
Find out what time Puerto Rico vs USA starts if you’re elsewhere in the world.
Where can I watch Puerto Rico vs USA?
The following online service will be broadcasting Puerto Rico vs USA: Courtside 1891
Puerto Rico vs USA: live AS USA coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of the game right here at AS USA. We’ll be building up to the game from about an hour before, taking you through the action as it unfolds.