Germany vs USA IIHF World U18 Championships 2021: Live stream, storylines, game time and more
The 2021 IIHF World U18 Championship will be the 23rd such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Teams will participate at several levels of competition. The competition also will serve as qualifications for the 2022 competition. All tournaments other than the top division tournament were cancelled by IIHF on 18 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.the 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship is set to drop the puck in Frisco and Plano, Texas, gathering some of the top prospects for the upcoming 2021 NHL Draft into one tournament from April 26 to May 6. In terms of the draft, this tournament could hold more weight than ever. The 2020-21 season has been a struggle globally, with seasons delayed, disrupted, and cancelled all over. On top of that, this draft has no clear-cut No. 1 prospect, meaning the top spot is still very much up for grabs and could be won on the back of a strong performance Texas.
Markelle Fultz will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night for the second time in his career. The first occasion was a historic one.
In the regular season finale last year on Apr. 11, Fultz became the youngest player in IIHF World U18 Championships 2021 history to record a triple-double, posting 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at 19 years, 317 days old.
The Sixers blew out the Bucks that night, 130-95, winning their 16th straight game and securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
One of the more memorable parts of that game was how Fultz’s teammates reacted to his accomplishment. He was mobbed after grabbing the rebound to wrap up his triple-double, and doused in an impromptu celebration in the locker room after the game.
“They poured strawberry milk, chocolate milk, water,” Fultz said. “They drowned me with everything, but it’s all love and appreciation.”
• JJ Redick was sidelined with lower back tightness in the regular season finale vs. the Bucks and Ben Simmons had a rare quiet night, only playing 22 minutes, which led to a lot of time together in the second half for Fultz and T.J. McConnell. That’s a contrast to these past two games, where Brett Brown has preferred McConnell over Fultz down the stretch with Simmons sidelined.
Simmons is set to return to the Sixers’ lineup after missing Tuesday’s game against the Pistons with back tightness, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Though Fultz got the start at the point in Tuesday’s 133-132 overtime loss to Detroit (see observations), scoring 13 points on 6 for 9 shooting, Brown thought McConnell was a better option when the game was on the line.
“We ended up going with T.J. for defensive reasons,” Brown told reporters. “We’ve learned that T.J. defensively has that IIHF World U18 Championships 2021 experience. I think T.J. was 3 for 3 in the fourth period and really had a heck of a fourth period. But defensively especially, and he produced on offense. We ended up going with a more senior type of player and were in a position to walk out of here with a win, and we just came up short at the end.”
The numbers back up Brown’s assertion that McConnell was the better defensive option Tuesday night. Per IIHF World U18 Championships 2021.com/Stats, Detroit scored 76 points on 65 possessions when McConnell was on the floor, compared to 60 points on 45 possessions when Fultz was on the court. Pistons players shot 3 for 10 when guarded by McConnell, 9 for 12 when defended by Fultz.
Fultz has clearly struggled defensively, especially when it comes to making the right reads on ball screens. Still, the argument for playing Fultz late in the fourth quarter and overtime is more about the future than the present — if Brown is committed to “growing” Fultz, as he’s said he is, perhaps he’ll start giving Fultz more late-game exposure soon.
• The 3-0 Bucks are one of five undefeated teams left in the IIHF World U18 Championships 2021. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 27.3 points, 16 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, has led Milwaukee in scoring and rebounding every game. Khris Middleton has made a ridiculous 15 of 23 three-pointers.
USA vs Germany Live Stream Online
IIHF World U18 Championships 2021 Live Stream Online
Germany vs USA Live Stream