In a shocker, Workforce USA is not going to medal, dropping to France 89-79 within the quarterfinals in Dongguan, China. It ends the 58-game profitable streak the US — utilizing NBA gamers throughout that stretch — had in worldwide tournaments.
It is the primary time the US males will not medal at a significant worldwide competitors for the reason that 2002 FIBA World Championship.
“Any loss hurts,” Workforce USA head coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “And on this state of affairs it hurts extra, however life goes on. This is essential, and we’d have cherished to have received identical to some other staff. We might like to win their video games on this match. However we’re all grown. All of us have households and lives, and life will go on.”
The final time the People misplaced in worldwide match play was in 2006, when the US fell to Greece within the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship. The US was aiming to be the primary nation to win three consecutive World Cups after profitable three Olympic gold medals in a row throughout that stretch.
France, who led Workforce USA at halftime, went on an 11-Zero run late within the fourth quarter, taking an 82-76 lead. France by no means trailed once more.
Evan Fournier, who additionally performs for the Orlando Magic, had 22 factors whereas Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had 21 factors, 16 rebounds and three blocked pictures to steer France. Donovan Mitchell, who additionally performs for the Jazz, led all scorers with 29 factors for the US.
France will face Argentina within the semifinals. However getting this far is not sufficient for Gobert.
“We do not simply wish to be within the semifinal,” Gobert mentioned. “We wish to win the gold.”
The very best the US can end is fifth. The People will face Serbia within the comfort spherical on Thursday.
The US certified for the 2020 Summer time Olympics in Tokyo after defeating Brazil on Monday. However the People did that with out most of the largest NBA stars, as a number of of the highest gamers within the league opted out of taking part in for the FIBA World Cup this summer time.
“In the event that they did not wish to come right here, it is on them,” Mitchell mentioned. “We’ve 11 different guys on this room that wish to compete, on high of that guys who did not make it that needed to compete, too. So I will journey for these guys.
“They do not wish to play, they do not wish to play. I understand how I really feel. I understand how these guys really feel, and that is the place my head is at. You guys are going to go on and say who we did not have, however why do not you all deal with who we do have? Our seasons have ended, and we got here able to work for Coach Pop, for all of those coaches.
“It isn’t about who’s not right here. I have been saying that for some time.”
Added Popovich: “I believe it is a disrespectful notion to even carry one thing like that up, that, ‘Hey properly you guys did not have this man and that man.’ That is disrespectful to France or whoever else is within the match.
“France beat us. It does not matter who was on the staff. I could not be extra prouder of those 12 guys who sacrificed their summer time to return right here having by no means performed collectively earlier than, and so they put themselves within the enviornment and competed, and so they deserve credit score for that identical to France deserves credit score for profitable.
“It isn’t about, properly the US did not have their different guys. There is not any such factor as different guys. These are the fellows that have been right here, and so they did a fantastic job, and I am very pleased with them.”