Team USA had a seven-point lead over France with just under eight minutes to play in yesterday’s FIBA World Cup quarterfinal game. From that point on, France went on a 22-5 run and advanced to the tournament semi-finals while leaving Team USA behind to make a new life for themselves in the trash.
France is no pushover, and this version of Team USA is one of the weakest ever assembled, but any team that scores just five points in the last eight minutes of a game while surrendering 22 is a team that should be embarrassed. Team USA got eaten alive by Rudy Gobert on both ends of the court throughout the game and particularly during the fourth quarter, which makes sense because Gobert is one of the best centers in the NBA. The big Frenchman finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks, and was a game-high +26.
The worst part of it all, Frank Ntilikina of the New York Knicks, is the man that ended it all for Team USA, basically outplaying Kemba Walker near the end of the game.
— Marco A. Munno (@MarcoAMunno) September 11, 2019
When you thought it couldn’t get any worse at this point, USA came out this morning and lost to Nicola Jokic and the Serbian National Team. Which at this point, gives USA a chance at only being 7th place or worse in the FIBA World Cup.
This ends a long winning streak since 2006 and over 50 games for team USA in international play. 2019 was not the year for USA…