United States of America beaten by France in quarter-finals in China

United States of America beaten by France in quarter-finals in China”

Team USA's 58-game win streak is over.

How did the French pull off the upset?

He had 14 points in the third quarter, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the US into a 60-60 tie. On defense, Gobert affected Team USA's ability to drive the lane with his rim protection. Fournier added 21 points and seemingly ended every Team USA run with a clutch perimeter shot. France deployed Knicks point guard and defensive ace Frank Ntilikina throughout the fourth alongside Gobert, and Nicolas Batum provided necessary length and switchability in the final minutes. Team USA is the other team in the classification round. I couldn't be more proud of these 12 guys who sacrificed their summer having never played together before. France switched at almost every opportunity from its point guard to power forward. He has already established himself as one of the best defensive players in the National Basketball Association, and like Mitchell, he appears primed for a big-time season in Utah.

Donovan Mitchell led Team USA with 29 points.

Additionally, Mitchell showed that he could be a valuable contributor to Team USA in future worldwide competitions. Walker is diminutive. Harrison Barnes and Jaylen Brown are complementary players. Jayson Tatum missed Wednesday's matchup with an ankle injury, and Marcus Smart finishing the morning as Team USA's No. 2 scorer is a clear sign something was amiss.

Team USA's hopes of winning a third consecutive FIBA gold medal - and sixth consecutive global gold medal - are now over.

Team USA and Argentina had already clinched the two automatic bids from the Americas zone, with Australia (Oceania), Nigeria (Africa) and Iran (Asia) earning the other spots that were up for grabs in China. Instead, the gold medal will now go overseas.

The Olympic team for 2020 will look quite different from this squad, but they'll be coming into the competition with something to prove for the first time in a long time.

But Wednesday's loss should still leave a bitter taste in the mouths of American basketball fans.

Popovich had the highest praise for France and coach Vincent Collet. The worldwide basketball community is on the rise.

Two of those swats came during the decisive final stretch; the latter was on a Mitchell lay-up attempt with 53 ticks left that would have brought the Americans within two points of Gobert and company.

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