Canada needs production from everyone to succeed at FIBA Americas tourney

Brady Heslip needs to be a threat every night for Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament, starting...

Brady Heslip needs to be a threat every night for Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament, starting Friday in Caracas, Venezuela. (Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

The FIBA Americas tournament tips Friday morning in Caracas, Venezuela, when Canada’s senior men meet Jamaica to get things rolling.

Here are some points to consider ahead of this crucial World Cup qualifying event:

CANADIAN KEYS

1. Scoring from guards

Minus Carl English, perhaps the most gifted scorer on the team, Canada could have a tough time putting the ball in the hoop. The onus can’t only be on the forwards to produce. Cory Joseph had one big scoring night in the warmups and needs to step up while Andy Rautins and Brady Heslip need to be threats every night. If Rautins can find consistency from deep, he can be a key cog.

2. Embrace the pressure

Though Canada Basketball plays it down, this tournament is immense for the program. Simply put, the team must find a way to qualify for the World Cup. Forget who isn’t playing, Canada still has as much NBA talent as any opponent in Venezuela.


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