U.S. Men’s Basketball edges France

Team USA Guard Klay Thompson had a huge game in the win over France. Photo Courtesy: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil
Team USA Guard Klay Thompson had a huge game in the win over France.
Photo Courtesy: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. Men’s Basketball team has topped their group after barely defeating France 100-97 on Sunday. This win is Team USA’s 22nd consecutive win in Olympic play and 73rd in international competition. Their record under head coach Mike Krzyzewski is now 85-1. But this win was not a very convincing one. The U.S. nearly lost to a French team who did not have six-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA champion Tony Parker, who sat out due to an injured toe. That adds insult to injury for Team USA.

Team USA finished the game 55.6 percent (35-63) in FGs, 37 percent (10-27) in three-point field goals, and 74.1 percent (20-27) in free throws. They also forced 14 turnovers and collected 29 rebounds. The defense struggled. They allowed France to make 56 percent of their field goals and they could not cover. Though they did have 21 defensive rebounds and eight steals.

Klay Thompson scored a team-high of 30 points, including seven 3-point shots, thus ending his slump in Olympic play. Kevin Durant scored 17, Carmelo Anthony 10, and Kyrie Irving 10. The offense committed a total of 14 turnovers. The offense had a struggle of its own, as it allowed France to have 24 defense rebounds. Defense has some holes to fill.

On Wednesday they take on Argentina, who finished fourth in their group. After just barely winning their last two games, they need to be ready. If they want to advance to the semis, they need to wake up. Especially the defense. The U.S. may be the favorite to win it all, but their performance in their last three proves that they are a beatable team.