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FIBA World Cup Update: DeRozan Disappears, Valanciunas Victorious

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The FIBA World Cup continued this weekend with games including both the USA and Lithuania. How did the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas fare?

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With the Round of 16 going down this past weekend at the FIBA World Cup, we have some more evidence that suggests both Team USA and Jonas Valanciunas are good at basketball.

First up on Saturday, the Americans got into it with their North American neighbours to the south Mexico beating them 86 to 63. The story in this one was Steph Curry shooting the lights out at 70 percent, including 6 of 9 from three, for the game.

The Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan decided not to get in on the act. Despite two rebounds and two assists, DeRozan shot 0 for 1 from the field, and contributed no points. Still, his team won by 23, so we can cut him some slack here.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Valanciunas got involved in a war with New Zealand, who despite getting off to a slow start (they were outscored 23-9 in the first quarter), managed to give the Lithuanians a scare. Jonas and his countrymen managed to hold off the Kiwis with a final score of 76-71.

For his part, Valanciunas went into full-on wrecker mode, putting in 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots. He also shot 72 percent from the field and hit all six of his free throws.

Don't look now: If Team USA beats Slovenia on Tuesday (a safe bet) and Lithuania beats Turkey that same night (not as safe a bet, but stay with me here), the Americans would play the Lithuanians in the semifinals.

A DeRozan vs. Valanciunas showdown? With Rudy Gay also on hand? Feel that FIBA World Cup magic!

What did you guys think of the weekend's games?