Fresno, California 2021-07-25 11:02:24 –
France, the team that kicked Americans out of the fight at the Basketball World Cup two years ago, hit the United States again. With less than a minute left, Evan Fournier’s three-pointer led France to stay behind the Americans 83-76 on Sunday in the opening round of both teams at the Tokyo Olympics.
The United States has won the 25th consecutive Olympic Games and was the last to lose at the Athens Olympics 17 years ago, where it won the bronze medal.
France has 28 points, Rudy Gobert has 14 points, Nando de Colo has 13 points, the United States has Jul Holiday 18 points, Bam Adebayo has 12 points, Damian Lillard has 11 points, and Kevin Durant has. Americans scored 10 points. Three of their games this summer, the first four, were exhibitions in Las Vegas and shouldn’t have made much sense.
Olympics, they should have been different.
They weren’t. Returning to the World Cup in China two years ago, Americans have been 3-5 in the last eight games and NBA players are included in the lineup.
The 10-point US lead in the third quarter was wasted, and the 12-point barrage from the first four-minute holiday in the fourth quarter was also wasted. : 23 remaining.
Losses do not knock the United States out of the medal battle, but it essentially eliminates error margins. Americans will play Iran on Wednesday and the Czech Republic on Saturday in the last two Group A games. If you win both of them, the United States will be in the quarterfinals. If you lose one more thing, Americans may not even end in the top eight of this 12-team tournament.
The US lead was 10 at the beginning of the third quarter after Durant won the opening basket in the second half. However, the attack was completely sputtered for most of that period-and it, coupled with the Durrants foul trouble, caused major problems.
The Americans scored 3 points in the third 7 minutes and Durant picked up the fourth foul (FIBA limit is 5, remember). With 16:45 remaining in the game, the former comfortable lead soon disappeared. Decolo’s three-points remained in third place at 2:42, with France 55-54, the first lead since the first four minutes of the game.
Decolo reconnected with a 59-56 lead, and Thomas Heurtel made another 3 in the second half of the third, raising France to 62-56 to advance to the final quarter.
This is the first time the United States and France have played since the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup two years ago, when the Americans lost. France has seven athletes on the team’s Olympic roster. There are only two in the United States, but the importance of the other ten who have heard a lot about it has not been lost.
The United States outbound in the game 44-28, abandoning 22 points from the turnover and scoring an outscore 22-5 in the last 7 minutes. The finals were France 89 and US 79. The defeat removed Americans from the medal battle, and USA Basketball finished in seventh place, the worst in history, in a tournament with NBA players.
And on Sunday night in an almost empty arena near Tokyo, France did it again-it hit the United States even harder.
France: Frank Ntilikina was unable to play in the match and said the French Union continued to deal with “slight muscle discomfort.” … France took the first nine free throws in the game. The US didn’t shoot one until JaVale McGee entered the line with 8:27 remaining in the second quarter. … Guerschon Yabusele temporarily ended the game with 1:30 left after kneeling on Holiday.
USA: Durant fouled three times in the first half, only 10 times in his last 544 NBA appearances. … the United States used 11 players in the first half, and only Jerami Grant did not participate in the game.
Durant has completely won fourth place on the US Men’s Olympics list. He is currently playing 17 games, behind Carmelo Anthony (31), LeBron James (24) and David Robinson (24). There are 15 athletes who have participated in the Olympics 16 times.
France: We will play against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
USA: Play against Iran on Wednesday.
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