Who said that they do not know how to play basketball south of Rio Grande?
Mexico knew what to do, they had a plan, a big man (Ayón) and a pretty good defense in zone. During a few minutes in the second quarter they showed how to jam the USA offense by forcing their point guards to…manage the game, not just to score.
Both Irving and Rose struggled to understand that passing is a perfectly valid option, you do not have to shoot every single ball is in your hands.
However it takes a lot more than a good defense to beat this USA team. Mexico could not keep up with the intensity of USA’s game. You have to be alert 100% of the time because the speed of the USA guards and point guards is amazing.
A better than expected game. Some interesting hints about USA’s weak point(s).