Basketball: The United States have been beaten by France in a basketball World Cup quarter final
11 September, 2019, 19:38
The US had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since.
France was led by Evan Fournier's 22 points, but it was the play of center Rudy Gobert that separated France from the U.S. The star of the NBA'sUtah Jazz finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and played great halfcourt defense with three blocks.
Les Bleus will now square off against Argentina on Friday, while the USA, which can't finish higher than fifth place, faces Serbia in a classification game on Thursday.
Turner didn't defend France's high ball screen well, giving too much space to shooters when Team USA's wing defenders needed help.
Nando De Colo scored 18 for France. Mitchell has plenty of experience as a lead guard in big moments, carrying Utah in the postseason both as a rookie in 2018 and in his second National Basketball Association season a year ago. As he does in the NBA, Gobert has protected the paint, controlled the glass and found efficient ways to score for France.
Realistically, the team didn't have the best American players in the world and was limited by the talent out on the court. This version of Team USA will bear no resemblance to the squad that will play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
France'sNicolas Batum celebrates a World Cup victory over the United States. They were without Jayson Tatum due to an ankle injury, and the scoring burden laid exclusively on Mitchell's shoulders as he put up 29 points in 31:51 minutes.
Australia's win over the Czech Republic in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday gave France something else to celebrate - an Olympic berth.