Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and RJ Barrett impressed in the first round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup as they led their respective countries to a 3-0 finish to advance to the second round, which will begin on Friday, Sept. 1. New York Knicks fans could see the United States and Canada face off in the quarterfinals or finals, depending on how the next few days go.
Barrett leads the trio with an average of 14.7 points per game across three contests, shooting 47.2% from the field and 42.1% from three, a number Knicks fans should be optimistic about. Brunson is averaging 11 points per game, shooting 68.4% from the field. Hart is averaging only 4.3 points but is tied for seventh in the World Cup for rebounds, averaging 9.0 per game.
All three players have been praised by their coaches, namely Hart, who slid into the starting lineup instead of Brandon Ingram in the United States’ win over Jordan on Wednesday.
With the start of the 2023-24 season a little less than two months away, Knicks fans can get their basketball fix in the meantime by watching the U.S. and Canada hopefully excel in the second round.
How to watch Knicks trio play in second round of FIBA World Cup
United States second-round schedule
- Friday, Sept. 1: United States vs. Montenegro at Mall of Asia Arena, 4:40 a.m. ET
- Sunday, Sept. 3: United States vs. Lithuania at Mall of Asia Arena, 8:40 a.m. ET
Canada second-round schedule
- Friday, Sept. 1: Canada vs. Brazil at Indonesia Arena, 9:30 a.m. ET
- Sunday, Sept. 3: Spain vs. Canada at Indonesia Arena, 9:30 a.m. ET
For fans watching in the United States who have access to ESPN, Team USA’s games will be streamed on ESPN2 and ESPN+ (subscription required). For those without access to ESPN, fuboTV offers a seven-day free trial.
Each World Cup game will also be streamed with a subscription on Courtside 1891 Basketball, FIBA’s streaming service.
If the United States and Canada advance to the quarterfinals, that action will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5.