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19/08/2014
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Unbeaten Lithuania top Power Ladder in preparation for Spain 2014

MIES (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Lithuania, Spain and the United States are three of the favorites to reach the podium at the FIBA Basketball World Cup and so far, none of their performances in warm-up games have cast any doubts about their potential.

One look at the Power Ladder shows that each has yet to lose a game during the preparations, with the Lithuanians particularly impressive.

Jonas Kazlauskas' team has won all 10 of its games, including two victories over World Cup-bound Finland (90-81 and 83-66), and one each against Ukraine (70-54), Australia (91-78) Greece (86-67) New Zealand (85-79) and Slovenia (80-76).

Beneath the Power Ladder is a list of results for all the teams, and that shows that all but one of Lithuania's friendlies - their 4 August clash with the Finns - have been at home.

Spain have prevailed in all five of their warm-up games, at home to Canada (82-70), Angola (79-70), away to Turkey and most recently on 17 August against Senegal (88-49) in Gran Canaria.

They had travelled to Istanbul for a 14 August game against the Turks, the Power Ladder schedule shows, and won 70-63.

The USA, meanwhile, have played just one national team, Brazil, and rolled to a victory.

Making that win all the more impressive is that the Brazilians are a side many expect to reach the podium.

Clicking on the results of the games, opens up box scores. Looking at the USA's 95-78 win over Brazil shows how impressive they were particularly on the defensive end.

Anthony Davis had five of the team's eight blocks, while Kyrie Irving and Mason Plumlee each claimed three of the side's 14 steals.

At the bottom of the Power Ladder is Angola.

The Africa champions have lost all four of their friendly games, falling to Brazil (98-60), Argentina (86-77), Spain (79-70) and Canada (89-65).

While warm-ups have no impact on a team's win/loss record at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, they are invaluable to the coaches and players.

Check out all of those results and the latest Power Ladder.

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