Team USA loses to France in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

France will meet Argentina on Friday for a berth in Sunday's final while 2006 champions Spain take on the winners of the Australia v Czech Republic quarter-final, who were playing later on Wednesday.

The exodus of star basketball players burned the USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup championships. By finishing in the top two of the Western Hemisphere teams in the group stage, the USA secured their place in the 2020 Olympic Games, yet it appears as though that saw them come into Wednesday's encounter with France in a more relaxed mood. Marcus Smart scored 11 points off the bench for Team USA and Kemba Walker added 10 points.

Gobert's overall presence in the second half was decisive, leading Vincent Collet's squad with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds.

If there's any silver living to this year's FIBA World Cup for the United States, it's that it was able to qualify for next year's Olympic games in Japan before being eliminated from medal contention. They, however, have a chance to accomplish something that the three-time National Basketball Association champion never did during his illustrious career: win a gold at the FIBA World Cup. In fact, this is the first time that the US will be leaving a major tournament without a medal since 2002.

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