Boomers left exposed by Team USA's brilliance

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Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game. Old mate took to Twitter to claim he probably would have been better off watching the action at home, despite forking out $1500 on a ticket.

Many took to social media to vent their anger, with some comparing the match to the ill-fated Fyre Festival, a fraudulent luxury music festival in the Bahamas made into a popular Netflix documentary. "Things are going to go the other way in some games".

Other Australian NBA standouts not playing include Thon Maker (NBA commitments), Ryan Broekhoff (birth of his child) and Dante Exum (injury).

But they boast top young talent and will use the games in Australia to refine their identity.

A general view of Melbourne's Marvel Stadium where Australia hosted Team USA. Neither Curry nor James is on the U.S. roster for the World Cup.

While it was a spectacular sight from the raised seats, those who were on "the floor" who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats had limited viewing.


Many more of the 51,218 fans at the game appeared to have a great time with thousands firing up their phone lights for a fan activity before the fourth quarter.

One fan said that the view from her seat in the second section of seats on the ground level improved greatly once the game started, even though she could only see the players from the waist up.

One attendee, Renee, told ABC Radio Melbourne she was also in the "cheap seats" on level three but the size of the area was a problem.

"It felt like I was in a movie".

Aussie basketball fans including Russell Crowe have been left steaming after last night's exhibition match between the Boomers and Team USA at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium, thanks to some, uh, interesting seating arrangements at the definitely-not-a-basketball-arena venue.

In the week leading up to this game, Popovich joked that Patty should hand him Australia's playbook although Pop's squad probably didn't need to know the opposition's plays to come out victorious.

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