Nicholas Batum and Rudi Joubert at the top, Kevin Durant who just passed away… Find the peaks and flop in the editorial staff after the resounding victory (83-76) of the French basketball players over the Americans.
Special Envoy to Tokyo
Nicolas Batum, Shadow Agent
Captain Blues doubled. To grab the ball, shoot assist, help defend. Repeatedly. Taking into account the idea that, even if he leads, the France team must not sink so as not to draw the penalty kick average (-8 in the first half). Not amazing. But it is diabolically useful in the worst of times.
The spark with the French reserve
Vincent Poirier, at the beginning of 2NS Between halftime, he put his shoulders, size, and envy on the relay and worked to melt the US lead. Like Thomas Heurtel (or Thimoté Luwawu Kongbo sequentially in the first half). Players who left the bench largely made their contribution to a French team that was chasing a reference match and found it at the best time.
Rudy Goubert, a solid tower in a storm
The Utah hub had established himself as one of the strongest players in the quarter-finals that the Blues won in the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals, he was intimidating and he was a good target. He was clumsy on free throws (4/8), and worked tirelessly to participate in the lock-break (14 points; 9 rebounds).
Team USA inconsistency
There is talent and gas on all floors. Dragsters and shooters. But soon Greg Popovich’s team was pinned to the front, opening big holes for French shooters who suddenly seized such generosity after the break. Inadequate, a decline in the physical system or as a result of the undermining of the France team, the United States team late, between the NBA Finals and contact status, suddenly remember that it is still in the DIY stage and started the danger.
Yvan Fournier (28 points on 11/22) and Nando de Colo (13 points on 4/11) have long cleared the blue border at 3 points (1/11 on 3 points in the first half, including 1/4 for Yvan Fournier). and 0/3 for Nando de Colo; 8/27 at the end). The lack of success seriously limited Vincent Colette’s players in their expression and intent. Before two baskets of three points Fournier at the start of 2NS Between the first half of launching the machine, De Colo took over, re-launching in full after some very impressive defensive gestures.
Kevin Durant, All the Very Rare Flashes of a Flexible Man
Solid and precious in defense, loose and efficient in attack, Kevin Durant flexed in and set the tone (7 points by 6′ but two errors in the first quarter), putting Team USA on the right track. Before it is very quickly restricted due to breakdowns, less fluid after the break, to disappear from traffic. Like the entire American team.
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