The immediate question is how – just, how?!? – Team USA could only beat Team France by three points in a game that did not even feature six-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA champion Tony Parker suiting up for France, his home country?
For one, Parker isn’t quite as dominant as it once was, so the loss wasn’t as prominently felt as it would have been in years past. Mostly, however, this Team USA outfit still has quite a bit of learning to do, as it finishes its undefeated run through pool play with a 5-0 record.
In topping France 100-97 on Sunday, the squad once again showed flashes of why it is the favorite to defend its gold medal, but yet again the same missteps that dogged the team in too-close matchups against Australia and Serbia were in place. This isn’t to similarly dog the opponents – France, Serbia, and especially Australia are to be credited for strong and connected play – but Team USARead More »from Klay Thompson awakens as Team USA Men's Basketball tops France