Team USA basketball vs. France, score

Team USA basketball vs. France, score

The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competitions, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships before the 89-79 loss to France in the World Cup quarterfinals. Earlier this summer, the Americans lost an exhibition game to Australia. By finishing in the top two of the Western Hemisphere teams in the group stage, the USA secured their place in the 2020 Olympic Games, yet it appears as though that saw them come into Wednesday's encounter with France in a more relaxed mood.

Curiously, Mitchell only got three shots up in the final carom despite the fact that he was rolling, which has got to be considered a failure on the part of Team USA.

He had 14 points in the third quarter, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the US into a 60-60 tie. Ultimately, Mitchell couldn't lift the U.S.to a win over France (and his Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert) on his own, but he did get some great experience over the course of the tournament - both as a leader and go-to guy. As the Americans struggled to create inside, they had to kick the ball out for threes. However, a surge by France snapped that lead.

The Boomers had never before finished better than fifth, doing so in 1982 and again in 1994, although they have finished fourth in the Olympics four times, including in 2016. The team had too many isolation plays on offense, particularly for Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker.

Walker didn't play well, scoring 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field. They came into the tournament carrying Myles Turner, Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee as their. The centre racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds and two assists in 34:09 minutes and was a nightmare for the USA whenever they tried to come near the paint. The thrilling game featured 12 lead changes. Gobert even feasted on the offensive end late, punishing Team USA guards off switches for easy layups and dunks.

Khris Middleton of the US congratulates Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia
Camera Icon Khris Middleton of the US congratulates Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia

When the Americans sent help, there wasn't much they could do with Gobert's size, as he got position well down low. On defense, Gobert affected Team USA's ability to drive the lane with his rim protection.

Rudy Gobert scored 21 points to go with 16 rebounds while Evan Fournier scored 22.

Fournier benefited from the Americans not playing aggressive enough on high ball screens.

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. Mitchell showed he's improved as a facilitator, averaging 4.3 assists a game in six games.

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