Tokyo 2020 Olympics: USA Men's Basketball vs France Preview



USA 0-0 vs France 0-0

When: Sunday, July 25th, at 8a.m.

Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan

TV: NBC Sports / Peacock


Rosters

USA:

13 Bam Adebayo C 6-10 255 24 Miami Heat/Kentucky

15 Devin Booker G 6-6 210 24 Phoenix Suns/Kentucky

7 Kevin Durant G 6-9 240 32 Brooklyn Nets/Texas

9 Jerami Grant F 6-8 210 26 Detroit Pistons/Syracuse

14 Draymond Green F 6-7 230 30 Golden State Warriors/Mich. State

12 Jrue Holiday G 6-3 229 31 Milwaukee Bucks/UCLA

4 Keldon Johnson G 6-5 220 21 San Antonio Spurs/Kentucky

5 Zach LaVine G/F 6-5 208 26 Chicago Bulls/UCLA

6 Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 31 Portland Trail Blazers/Weber St.

11 JaVale McGee C 7-0 270 33 Denver Nuggets/Nevada

8 Khris Middleton F 6-7 217 29 Milwaukee Bucks/Texas A&M

10 Jayson Tatum F 6-8 208 22 Boston Celtics/Duke

HEAD COACH: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

ASSISTANT COACH: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

ASSISTANT COACH: Lloyd Pierce, Indiana Pacers

ASSISTANT COACH: Jay Wright, Villanova University

MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jerry Colangelo


France:

21 Andrew Albicy G 5-10 31 Gran Canaria (Spain)

5 Nicolas Batum F 6-8 32 Los Angeles Clippers

12 Nando de Colo G 6-5 33 Fenerbahce (Turkey)

28 Petr Cornelie F 6-11 25 Pau-Lacq-Orrthez (France)

93 Moustapha Fall C 7-2 29 ASVEL (France)

10 Evan Fournier G/F 6-7 28 Boston Celtics

27 Rudy Gobert C 7-1 28 Utah Jazz

4 Thomas Heurtel G 6-2 32 ASVEL (France)

3 Timothe Luwawu Kongbo F 6-7 26 Brooklyn Nets

1 Frank Ntilikina G 6-4 22 New York Knicks

17 Vincent Poirier C 7-0 27 Real Madrid (Spain)

7 Guerschon Yabusele F 6-8 25 ASVEL (France)

HEAD COACH: Sergio Scariolo.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Victor Garcia Guadarrama, Jorge Garcia Lorenzo, Luis Guil Torres and Salvador Camps San Jose


Injury

USA: None


France: None


USA (2020 Exhibition) -

90.2 - points per game

84.2 - points against

45.5 - Field Goal %


France -

N/A - points per game

N/A - points against

N/A - Field Goal %



Keep an eye on:

Defensive Rebounding: simple as that. With the USA undersized having only one true center in 7'0 Javale McGee on the roster, France will pose an immediate test with FOUR centers on their roster in 7'2 Rudy Gobert, 7'2 Moustapha Fall, 7'0 Vincent Poirier and 6'11 Petr Cornelie. In four exhibition games, opponents outrebounded USA, averaging 38.5 rebounds per game to USA's 32 rebounds per game. USA held opponents to 43 percent shooting from the field and forced 56 turnovers in their four exhibition contests, which shows USA's athleticism and length can hold teams down for stretches, however the remaining issues were rebounding and 3-point shooting. Teams punished USA on the offensive glass, holding a 34-25 edge and made them pay with efficient 3-point shooting, knocking down 37 percent when the US was left scrambling defensively after allowing offensive board after offensive board. USA brings depth at forward with versatility being the strength of the roster, they will have to play bigger than their 6'8, 6'9 frame to keep France in check or it will be a dog fight all game long.






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