Did I level out the final ranking? 87-82
On that mask, I’ll log off. Thanks for staying up to stare with me, congratulations to our French readers on a ambitious silver medal performance, and to USA followers, exhale and abilities.
Closing numbers: Durant 29 facets and 6 rebounds. Tatum 19 and 7. Vacation and Lillard 11 each and every despite just a few missteps. And Draymond Green, my purchase for somebody who may well per chance well well step up, had a team-high five assists. So there.
Fournier and Gobert led France with 16 each and every. They performed a amazing sport offensively, nice looking the ball successfully and attacking internal. The protection factual wasn’t quite there.
Oh, and Jrue Vacation’s wife is aged U.S. ladies’s soccer participant Lauren (Cheney) Vacation, so now they each and every procure gold medals.
Kevin Durant is one amongst the biggest U.S. Olympians ever. 29 facets and intangible leadership. His third gold medal.
USA 85-82 France, 10 seconds left, USA possession. Within the event that they’ll hit one free throw or elude the protection entirely, they purchase gold.
De Colo drops it to Ntilikina. Omit, sprint, France has it. De Colo hits two free throws. 85-82, 10 seconds, timeout USA
85-80 USA after Lillard misses two and France replies and somebody please name a timeout so I will be succesful to assist up.
85-78 USA, 31 seconds after Vacation hits the first free throws, misses the second but will get his possess rebound. Now Lillard is fouled. 23 seconds
The USA runs some clock. Vacation misses a 3. Fournier misses a 3 with 36 seconds left. Vacation draws a imperfect with 31 seconds left. Has somebody named the game by which his wife has obtained gold?
Draymond Green reveals alertness and awareness of international principles to swat the ball faraway from the rim. Devin Booker drives, will get fouled and hits two.
De Colo, original from gesticulating on the ref, will get a rebound, and drives coast to coast for two. Tatum will get an offensive imperfect. Abdominal is turning.
Gobert clanks his two free throws. Lillard feeds Tatum for a 3-pointer and … it’s double digits again.
As worthy as we’re speaking about how France refuses to depart, we additionally resolve on to assert the USA keeps counterpunching and keeping that lead.
USA 79-72 France, 3: 59 left
Fournier ratings off a sprint. Vacation turns it over.
Gobert draws a imperfect against Durant.
Tatum misses. The USA procure two facets thru more than four minutes on this quarter. Frank Ntilikina hits a 3 to slash it to three. Uh oh.
But Lillard hits one for two. Vacation steals and dunks. Luwawu Cabarro misses, USA misses and will get the rebound, and Lillard ratings again.
USA 73-67 France, 6: 28 left
Timeout, USA. This has to be making them worried. A bunch of experienced international avid gamers who’ve already received one fourth-quarter rally against them?
Vacation is misfiring, and it’s starting up to harm. Batum cuts the result in six. Then his Milwaukee Bucks teammate, Middleton, has a turnover. Reminder — they arrived late to those Olympics because there were busy a success the NBA championship.
And single digits. All over again. Adebayo misses, and Luwawu Cabarrot drives for two on the replacement extinguish.
Now Lavine misses from three. Will fresh historical past repeat?
But I jinxed Gobert who travels in the paint with Durant guarding him. Durant feeds Adebayo on the replacement extinguish, and … double digits! All over again.
Third quarter: USA 71, France 63
France factual obtained’t hurry away. Tatum misses a 3. Heurtel misses, but Batum will get the rebound, and Luwawu Cabarrot hits a 3.
Vacation misses after which fouls Gobert on the replacement extinguish. His wife, incidentally, has just a few gold medals. Name the game.
Batum hits a 3 on the buzzer.
My goodness, international basketball strikes fleet without all the stoppages we peep in the NBA and college basketball. We’re already appropriate down to 1: 18 left in the third, and again, this has been a right quarter for the USA.
France has 16 turnovers.
Oh, that’s a gross error from Tatum. But now we procure a leave out from France, and Green (that man again!) finds Lavine on my own internal.
Capture, after which Lavine shoots a prolonged corner shot (but now now not 3) that hits the rim, bounces up quite a bit of feet after which falls.
Capture, ball goes up to Tatum, and NOW now we procure a dunk.
Timeout France, and it’s 71-57.
Gobert dunks (procure we seen a USA dunk yet?). Yabusele hits one more three. Durant misses, and Yabusele tries again.
But Durant blocks Yabusele’s next effort, then hits a fringe shot of his possess.
It’s double digits, it’s now now not double digits, it’s double digits, she loves me, she loves me now now not …
Durant goes up for the jam … and Gobert factual knocks him down. Durant hits one amongst two free throws, and the lead is, at least fleet, double digits again.
De Colo will get Booker in the air and draws Booker’s third imperfect. Tatum races benefit in to replace him.
Lillard draws a imperfect, but the refs settle he wasn’t taking pictures. No NBA “continuation” here.
Motivate and forth we hurry, and Lillard forces a de Colo turnover. Then he hits a difficult corner three on the replacement extinguish. Mighty better here from the sparkplug guard.
So what’s next? It feels treasure a pivotal second on this sport. Will France assist matching the USA with its internal sport, the occasional 3-pointer and a few USA misses? Or is this where the USA pulls away?
Yabusele comes out of the timeout to hit a 3, and Gobert steals it from Vacation, so signs level to the aged.
Gobert hits one amongst two free throws. Correct thing for the USA he isn’t hitting all of them.
Durant hits a exquisite fadeaway. Neglect for the second that he has 23 facets. That’s factual wonderful.
Correct protection forces France to launch a 3-pointer as the shot clock expires, and Vacation drives for two on the replacement extinguish.
Fournier misses. Durant hits a 3-pointer. France calls timeout.
USA 56-45, and they couldn’t procure asked for a bigger originate to the quarter.
Lillard will get his first assist. Then he fouls Gobert. Then de Colo drives and hits a difficult shot.
But then Lillard, given about 20 minutes to peep on the ring, hits his first 3-pointer fo the game. It’s 49-44.
Durant has 21 facets. The second imperfect late in the half of is in total a situation.
Durant additionally has hit two of the USA’s 3-pointers (albeit on seven attempts). Somebody else needs to hit these. Tatum has one, accounting for share of his 11-level performance. The relaxation of the team has 12 facets. That’s now now not right.
But Draymond Green has three assists.
Damian Lillard has no assists. And one level. And a minus-6 plus/minus.
Neither is this — France has outrebounded the USA 23-14. Will we ever peep Javale McGee?
For France — Gobert has 13 facets and 7 rebounds, Fournier has 11, and de Colo has six assists.
About Zion … Oliver Stein exams in again from Germany, where it’s now now not daylight hours, asking about Zion’s availability.
He was indeed a finalist for this team and didn’t carry out the slash.
To be graceful, the challenge here is post protection as hostile to explosive offense, so maybe he wouldn’t clear up it
Bam Adebayo is carrying quite just a few the defensive load and has three blocks against no fouls, but oddly sufficient, his plus/minus as we direct may well per chance well well be minus-3. He was on the courtroom when the USA had some taking pictures dry spells, though.
Attack internal, procure free throws. That’s the French strategy on offense, and it’s working wonderful worthy.
The defensive capability of “nah, factual let ‘em shoot from 12 to 24 feet” handiest labored for the first immediate time, and that’s why the USA lead.
HALFTIME: USA 44-39 France
Gobert lowers the shoulder into Durant, does it again, does it again, after which Durant evenly touches his arm. Heinous on the USA. Gobert hits one amongst two.
Durant misses with two seconds left, and it’s time for a caffeine destroy.
Fournier’s free throws slash the result in five. He has 11.
Yabusele starts shoving folks beneath the basket, while the ball is successfully out of doors, and the refs procure had sufficient. Middleton will get two free throws and makes the second.
Correct insights here:
A 3-pointer from de Colo, one more USA imperfect, and Popovich calls timeout with the USA leading 43-36, pending some free throws by Fournier.
Durant has 21. That’s almost half of of the USA’s 43 facets, and the lead is double digits again.
Speaking of internal play, and speaking of Duke, must aloof Zion Williamson be on this team? He’s now now not the size of a tree treasure JaVale McGee, who hasn’t been in the game, but he performs higher than his high and may well per chance well give France one thing to assume of in the paint.
Adebayo has to be the defensive stopper, and he’s.
France, in the period in-between, forgets that layups exist, and they let Tatum dash down for two more.
First imperfect on Durant. Coming out of the timeout, France remembers it can hurry internal and does so.
A couple of free throws on successive possession, and France has whittled the result in eight.