In an unexpected turn of events, Team France was able to pull an upset and beat Team USA, by 10 points, 79 – 89.
Looking at the stats for France it’s clear on how the team won, which can be contributed due to many of its players stepping up, most notably big man, Rudy Gobert who nabbed 16 rebounds as well as contributing 21 points.
Frank Ntilikina was able to help extend France’s lead during the fourth quarter, cementing its win for the game; furthermore, Magic player, Evan Fournier added 22 points, alongside Nando de Colo with 18 points.
Comparing France’s stats to the U.S.’ and its clear that while the top scorer for the U.S. was Donovan Mitchell, with 29 points, it wasn’t enough to pull the team to the next round.
Another glaring that would be how many of the players from Team USA had significantly less rebounds compared to Gobert, with Mitchell getting only six.
While fans of Team USA may argue that this year’s team is significantly weaker due to less all-stars being on the roster, there’s also a strong argument that the team was considered a favored to win it all, since the team won championships in the past.
With the U.S. now out of the picture in terms of playing in the final, it will now compete against Serbia for fifth place.
Even though France deserves to enjoy this win, it’s too early to celebrate with the mindset that it’s the world champs, especially with a big game against Argentina this Friday. Now comparing both teams’ records for this competition, it’s easy to see that Argentina is the number one seed for its group, (Group I), and that, that alone can seem daunting, but if France is able to make it this far, then facing off against Argentina shouldn’t be overwhelming.
Catch Team France versus Team Argentina, Friday at 8 a.m. EST.
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