Basketball is more than just a game. Each of the ballers have their own unique connection with the game that no one else can understand and explain. Some play basketball when they have problems, some play for health reasons, some play for camaraderie, while others play till the end for their country.
In the Asian Games, you can sense that the basketball players want to bring pride and honor to their respective flags. It's evident in all of the games since Day 1.
In fact, here's a video clip of a Kuwait basketball player who deliberately fall to the ground in jubilation because he was able to seal the win for his country against the tough Mongolians last September 22. He fell right after hitting the two much needed freethrows for the win, 82-81 at the end of regulation. It was a dramatic ending, all for the honor and glory of his flag.