Team USA clinched a win over a competitive Australian squad 97-78 after a sluggish first half. Now, they face France in the gold medal matchup in men’s basketball at the Tokyo Olympics. For Team USA, it is a chance for revenge and redemption after dropping their first game in Tokyo to Les Bleus. For a squad loaded with NBA talent, the French team poses a legitimate challenge, as they have their own NBA stars in Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks, and more.
Team USA needs to come out of the gate with their foot on the gas as they have struggled in the knockout stage with their energy in the first half. It has allowed opponents an opening, and then Team USA is left having to make up point as they enter the second half. With a loaded French squad, Team USA needs to hope that Devin Booker and Kevin Durant show the same grit and intensity that they displayed in the win over Australia. For Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard, it is an opportunity to win his first medal.
Team USA vs. France, Gold Medal Match
Date: Friday, August 6th
Time: 7:30 PM PT
Where To Watch: NBC
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