The USA men’s basketball team suffered a loss. The first game was held on Sunday. Needless to say, the USA lost to France. The score was 83-76, of course, the men on the French team played well. However, the USA did not, as reported by NBA News.
This was the first time since the 2004 USA loss.
Unfortunately, the USA team did not have what it takes to beat France. And, this is not the first encounter with France. In fact, France played against the USA at the World Cup quarterfinals in China 2-years- ago and won. So, members of the French team were not surprised when they beat the USA. But some of us were really surprised.
Especially, since the USA was leading by at least 7 points in the first half. The second half of the game was a disaster. Somehow Kevin Durant and the other team players kept missing shots. Of course, I know you can have an off game. This was so evident as I watched the USA get crushed.
Although, some are saying the USA has been going downhill for some time now in the previous Olympic games. It was still a surprise, to say the least.
On the other hand, the French team connected shots like wildfire. Evan Fournier scored 28 points. Also, Evan made that 3 – pointer. After Evan’s 3-pointer the French team never looked back. In other words, they were able to put the USA team to shame. Evan shared his thoughts about the USA team,
“They are better individually,” Fournier said of the Americans, “but they can be beaten as a team.”
Certainly, Evan made a good observation. Although, the USA coach Gregg Popovich, begged to differ,
“I think that’s a little bit of hubris if you think the Americans are supposed to just roll out the balls and win,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’ve got to work for it just like everybody else. And for those 40 minutes, they played better than we did.”
Whether you agree with Evan or coach Popovich, the fact is USA loss. In spite of, losing to France, the USA has won 144 games at the Olympics. Making them the G.O.A.T.S….
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