Basketball: Team USA’s new defeat before the Tokyo Olympics

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The American Olympic basketball team lost on Tuesday against Australia (83-91) in their second preparation match for the Tokyo Olympics. Two losses in two games, a first.

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First opponent of the French basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 to August 8), Team USA conceded a second defeat in as many games during its Olympic preparation. After the historic rout against Nigeria during the weekend, Kevin Durant’s partners lost on the night of Monday to Tuesday against Australia (83-91) in Las Vegas.

“I think we have improved tonight,” said Gregg Popovich quoted by ESPN after this new setback. After a short time together, there are a lot of things that need to be worked on.

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Lillard: “We are still working to become a team”

In search of a fourth consecutive gold medal at the Olympics after those of Beijing, London and Rio, the American team does not approach the Olympic meeting with immense confidence.

Despite the presence of many stars playing in the NBA, the United States have still not found the right fuel, especially in attack. If Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant scored 22 points and 17 points respectively, the two team leaders only succeeded 50% of their three-point attempts (10/22).

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Faced with another of the favorites of the Olympic tournament, Australia of Joe Ingles (17 pts) and Patty Mills (22 pts), the American selection still had a little trouble collectively.

“These teams are experienced and they’ve spent a lot of time together,” said point guard Damian Lillard. “We’re still working to become a team.”

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A big France-USA duel at the Olympics

Seventh in the last World Cup 2019 after being eliminated by France, the Americans continue their reconstruction. But the reconquest is still far from being completed. In the Blues of Vincent Collet, reinforced by Gobert, Batum or Fournier, to take advantage of it for the first match of the Tokyo Olympics, on July 25.

Beaten twice by Spain for the start of its preparation, the France team also has a lot of work to do before coming up against Team USA. With ultra-vengeful Americans, the battle promises to be intense.

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