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Just a little over a minute into Japan’s game against Belgium on Friday, Rui Hachimura nailed his first basket of the evening from beyond the arc — as if it was an afterthought.

But it was actually his first game since his 2020-21 NBA season ended in a playoff series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in early June. Despite the break from action, Hachimura made it look easy, showing no signs of being rusty.

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