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U.S. Men’s basketball team has its first Olympic loss since 2004

Yesterday in Tokyo, the U.S. had its first Olympic loss since 2004 in men’s basketball. The team lost to France in an 83-76 game, breaking a 25-Olympic-game winning streak.

During the game, Team USA lost their lead in a 16-2 stretch where Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, and Zach Lavine missed wide-open three-pointers. In total, the team missed five shots during that crucial stretch.

France player, Evan Fournier, who scored 28 points for France and solidified the French lead with a three-pointer in the final minute of the game, said that Team USA had strong individual players, but as a team, they “can be beaten.”

Coach Gregg Popovich seemed frustrated by excessive media questioning but said: “When you lose a game, you’re not surprised. You’re disappointed, but I don’t understand the word ‘surprised.’ That sort of disses the French team, so to speak, as if we’re supposed to beat them by 30 or something. That’s a hell of a team.”

Tomorrow, Team USA is set to play Iran. Team USA will now have to beat Iran and the Czech Republic in preliminaries to compete for a medal.

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