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Japan, Saitama (AP) —They believe they are the best basketball team in the Olympics and too good to think of anything other than gold.
“If we do well, we will focus on defense and play a role, but we will play our role, be free and the best player in the world,” said US security guard Zach LaVine. Told. .. “I don’t think anyone can beat us.”
Australia and France are already spending this summer.
And Slovenia has defeated everyone in the lineup who has played with Luka Doncic.
Therefore, the semi-finals can be just as wide open at any time while Americans are running three consecutive titles. Only the United States has won the Olympic gold medal, but the other three teams think it’s their time.
“We have enough experience,” said Australian security guard Patty Mills. “We’ve been to this stage many times and haven’t crossed the line. But we’re packed with those experiences and we’re at this moment and this stage taking the next step. I think you’re ready for it. “
The United States played against Australia on Thursday in the first semi-final at Saitama Super Arena, winning an Australian guarantee of the first medal in men’s basketball.
But to get what they believe they can afford, they will have to win again on Saturday.
“Our goal is a gold medal,” said security guard Matthew Delabedova.
France faces Slovenia with nightcaps. Winners will meet on Saturday for money.
The United States lost to Australia 91-83 in the exhibition game and to France 83-76 in the team’s opening Olympics. But Americans who didn’t have a complete roster of matches in Las Vegas could have been rounded to the top.
They left Spain 95-81 in the quarterfinals, scoring 29 points from Kevin Durant, and improved to 3-0 as Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker joined the starting lineup after arriving on the eve of the tournament after the NBA Finals. Did.
“I think the possibilities for this team are endless,” said forward Draymond Green. “Unfortunately, we have two games left, so we need to keep getting better every time we step on the floor. I think that’s what we did.”
Australia and France have made a big lucrative start with generations of players who have been together for years.
Mills, Dellavedova and Joe Ingles are the heart of the Australian team for the fourth time at the 2016 Olympic Games, including Rio de Janeiro. French veterans, including Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier, have won European titles and two basketball World Cup bronze medals since 2013, but before defeating Italy 84-75 on Tuesday, the last two Lost in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games.
The French have not won medals at the Olympics since they won the silver medal in 2000. Like Australians, they have been waiting for a long time since then and have had many broken hearts.
Slovenia is trying to avoid it altogether.
The Slovenes defeated Germany 94-70 on Tuesday to reach the final four of their Olympic debut. Doncic had 20 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds, and the tournament’s top scorer was shy about triple-doubles.
He currently has two wins by adding Olympic gold to the European titles he won in 2017.
“They are European champions for some reason. Luka is 17-0 on the national team. He is a great player and one of the best players in the world, but they are a great team,” Batum said. ..
“Of course, we need to stay focused on him, but we can’t look down on others.”
The French showed how good the defense in the opening round was when they kept the United States at 36% of the shots from the field.
Americans have responded with an average of 111.3 points in the last three games, but now there are opponents with that number. The Australian also won the 2019 Basketball World Cup adjustments before the victory in Las Vegas.
The July 12 defeat was the second consecutive American to begin preparing for the Olympics after losing to Nigeria. The gold medal was like a long way off.
Now it’s just two victories.
“So I loved how we stuck to it throughout this period and everyone started to understand what we needed to do,” Durant said.
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