The so-called ‘Dream Team’ once again lost to a French team in an important tournament after the setback that left it out of medal discussion at last FIBA World Cup in China 2019.
This time, the team led by coach Greg Popovich showed a shy 37 percent in field shots, a negative factor that led to the French triumph in the last two sets of the game.
Guard player Evan Fournier with 28 points, including four triples, carried the offensive weight of the winning team also having center Rudy Gobert (13) and Nando de Colo (14) with double digits in score.
As for US team, point guard Jrue Holiday was the most successful with 18 points, facing the lack of effectiveness of best shooters Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, who finished with 10 and 11 units respectively.
This way, France starts ahead in group A of the tournament, along with the Czech Republic team that beat Iran 84-74 earlier.
Likewise, Australia, another of favorites in the medal discussion, started on the right foot in group B by beating Nigeria 84-65, with 25 points from point guard Patry Mills; while Italy beat Germany 92-82 in that same sector.
Group C will see action tomorrow with Argentina vs Slovenia and Spain vs Japan.