The Dallas Mavericks wrapped up this round of World Cup qualifying on Monday evening as Dwight Powell and Canada went on the road and dominated Panama 106-50. It was Canada’s eighth straight win in qualifying and second impressive victory in this window, but they have not quite wrapped up their spot in the World Cup. They can clinch a berth with one more victory in the next window, but they will have to do so without their NBA talent as it happens in November during the NBA regular season.
Canada led 33-7 after the first quarter, and they pushed the led to 39 at halftime, so Nick Nurse did not need to extend his starters on Monday evening. It was a dominating performance that pushed them one step closer to the World Cup.
Dwight Powell started at the five, and he made a significant impact on both ends during his just over 15 minutes on the floor. Here is a closer look at his performance, plus what is next for Dwight Powell and the Canadian National Team.
Dwight Powell and Canada dominate Panama in World Cup qualifying
Powell had four points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one block on Monday night against Panama. He missed all four of his field goals, but he went four of four from the free throw line. The Mavericks' big man was a force inside on the defensive end, and he grabbed three offensive boards in just 15 minutes of action.
It was an impressive and dominating performance from Canada to go to 8-0 in World Cup qualifying thus far. Fans can expect to see them at next summer’s event, and Dwight Powell will likely play a key role for his country again.
The Canadian National Team heads to the FIBA AmeriCup, but they are not taking their NBA talent. Dwight Powell will likely head back to Dallas to continue his preparations for training camp. The Dallas Mavericks are less than one month away from media day, and fans know DP will be ready to fight for a place in the rotation.