Team USA started their Olympic journey the worst way, losing against a dangerous rival that never gave up. France put up a big fight against Gregg Popovich's squad, ultimately getting the shocking 83-76 win.
After winning their last preparation matches, the expectations for this team were high. Still, France gave them a reality check, just like Nigeria and Australia in prior weeks. This is terrible news for this team and a major blow in their quest for the gold medal.
Of course, this didn't sit well with fans, who blasted the team on social media after letting the game slip. They dominated most of the match, but the European team stayed close until they took the lead on the scoreboard. Right now, Twitter is flooded with people calling out Team USA for such a poor performance.
There are several things to improve for Gregg Popovich's squad. They don't have the best players in the NBA after LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and more skipped the tournament for different reasons. Only Kevin Durant is part of that squad that can defeat any team in the world.
France did a very good job reading USA's offensive plays, limiting them to less than 80 points. Damian Lillard only looked to get 3-pointers, hurting the team's chances to get the ball moving to create more chances.
This is USAB’s first Olympic loss since 2004 vs. Argentina, where they lost in semifinals against the South American side. Moreover, this is the second consecutive loss against France after losing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup quarter-finals, 89-79.
Evan Fournier finished with 28 points, leading the way for France. They finished the game on a 16-2 run, snatching the win in the last minutes of the game. This is a wake-up call for this team; they have a lot to improve if they aspire to win the gold.