The basketball players of the United States of America were burned at the start of the Olympic Games. They were defeated by France as a warning that there were more candidates who would win gold around their necks, but Gregg Popovich's team recovered from that.
Duels with Iran and the Czech Republic served as shooter training. The first ones were defeated 120: 66, and the second ones 119: 84. The Czechs held on until the middle of the second quarter. Six minutes before the end of that section, Kevin Durant tied two three-pointers and for the first time in the match gave the Americans the advantage (34:33, then 37:33).
Since then, the difference has only grown, to a final plus 35 for the Americans. At the end of the first half, the USA had an advantage of four points, and the third section was crucial, in which the NBA stars went to 20 points ...
With this defeat, the Czechs were eliminated from the Olympic Games, although they are currently second on the list of third-placed. Germany is the first and they will definitely continue the competition, followed by Argentina or Japan, which are currently worse than the Czechs, but whoever wins will also have four points, with a much better scoring difference, which will be crucial.
The mentioned Durant was the leading player in America until the issue of the winner was resolved, after which Popovic rested him. In 28 minutes, he scored 23 points, had eight rebounds and six assists. The epithet of the most efficient in the second half was taken over by Jayson Tatum, who finished the match with 27 points.
Zach LaVine added 13, Jrue Holiday 11, JaVale McGee 10 ... As many as 20 three-pointers were scored by the Americans, but from 42 attempts. On the other hand, Blake Schilb started the match well, however, he was stopped at 17 points and five rebounds.
Ondrej Balvin scored 15, Jan Vesely 13, Tomáš Satoranský 12, with eight assists and six rebounds ... Still, the Czech team must be praised for looking really good, even though the Americans are too good and too strong for this tournament.
Still, France has shown them that they need to get serious and take this tournament seriously. Duels with Iran and the Czech Republic served as shooter training. The first ones were defeated 120: 66, and the second ones 119: 84.
Popovich knows how to put together a team, and he will certainly know how to motivate them in the future. Certainly, with such good players, he should not have a difficult task