Saitama – The coach of the United States men’s basketball team, Gregg Popovich, considered after his team’s defeat against France (83-76) in their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that it is something that “should not be surprising.” because there are “many good teams in the world”.
“Basketball is an international sport, there are many good teams in the world, it should not be surprising. Teams like the French, the Australian, the Spanish … The talent gap has narrowed. France worked well, they were consistent in both sides of the court, it’s as simple as that, “Popovich said.
The Stars and Stripes coach insisted that his team must be “more consistent” to win the games.
“We had several advantages of 9 and 10 points, but we lacked a consistent defense, we had many errors, in offense in various possessions we did not move the ball, we did not have free shots. You have to understand it, work and move on,” he added.
The United States had less shooting from the field (25 hits of 69 shots, 36%) than France (29 of 62, 47%), something surprising in a team full of NBA players.
“Sometimes you are right, other times you are not, it is not a question of a single aspect of the game that makes you win or not. They did not beat us because they were great but because they created good chances and scored 3-pointers,” Popovich said.