Tokyo Olympics: France’s Rudy Gobert gives up on turnovers and missed free throws in loss to Team USA in gold medal game

Tokyo Olympics: France’s Rudy Gobert gives up on turnovers and missed free throws in loss to Team USA in gold medal game

The France men’s national team fought valiantly, but ultimately lost a close 87-82 gold medal match to the United States team at the Tokyo Olympics.

They fought back a 13-point second-quarter deficit and several double-digit second-half deficits to make it a three-point game (73-70) with 5:42 minutes left. However, this is the closest they have come as the USA team pulled out late and won their fourth straight gold medal.

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“Disappointing, but also I’m proud of what my players have shown,” French coach Vincent Collet said at the start of the post-match press conference. “Not just in this game but the tournament. “

Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier were the team’s top scorers with 16 points each while Nando De Colo finished with 12 points and seven assists. France had five players scoring in double digits with the duo of Guerschon Yabusele and Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot accumulating 24 points.

Although they are proud of their fight in this match and the progress of their program, the trio Collet, Rudy Gobert and Nicolas Batum – all at the post-match press conference – credited the defense of the American team while regretting their turnovers and missing free throws in the loss.

“When you give those kinds of turnovers and miss free throws, those kinds of details, you shoot yourself in the foot,” French center Rudy Gobert said in his opening comments at the press conference. post-match.

France have returned the ball more than 18 times, some of which were forced by the spectacular defense of the American team, which recorded nine interceptions and five blocks.

“It’s one thing to know that [is coming], and that’s another thing to deal with, ”said Collet of the USA team stepping up their defensive pressure in the second half.

To make matters worse, Team USA scored 20 points from those 18 turnovers.

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“You can’t turn the ball too much against this kind of team,” said French striker Nicolas Batum.

In the free throw battle, France had almost as many scores as the USA team had attempts. They made 18 of their 29 shots with seven of those 11 misses from Gobert’s 13 attempts while the USA team made 14 of 21 from the line.

The silver medal in Tokyo equals France’s best result at the Olympics, having finished second in 1948 (London) and 2000 (Sydney). This is their sixth medal in 10 years with three at EuroBasket (Gold – 2013, Silver – 2011, Bronze – 2015) and two at the World Cup (Bronze – 2014, 2019).

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