The United States won a victory over a competitive Australian team 97-78 after a gloomy first half. Now they face France in the men’s basketball gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics. For Team USA, it’s a chance for revenge and redemption after dropping their first match in Tokyo against the Blues. For a team loaded with NBA talent, the France team poses a legitimate challenge, as they have their own NBA stars in Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks, and more. Again.
The USA team have to come out of the gate with their foot on the gas as they struggled in the knockout phase with their energy in the first half. This allowed the opponents to open up, and then the USA team must catch up as the second half enters. With a loaded French squad, the US squad must hope that Devin Booker and Kevin Durant show the same courage and intensity that they showed in the victory over Australia. For Portland Trail Blazers leader Damian Lillard, it’s an opportunity to win his first medal.
United States team vs France, gold medal game
Date: Friday August 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Where to watch: NBC
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