Bad news for American basketball fans is the team representing you did not earn a medal at the World Cup in China.
"Any loss hurts. In this situation, it hurts more", Popovich said.
It ends the 58-game winning streak the U.S. - using National Basketball Association players during that stretch - had in global tournaments.
It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.
He had 14 points in the third quarter alone, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the USA into a 60-60 tie.
Having ground out a barely deserved 93-92 overtime win over Turkey in the preliminary group stage, there was to be no escape for the US this time against an athletic French side who dominated them in every department.
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"There have been some joint patrols, yes, but steps taken beyond that. are only cosmetic", he said. Turkey fears a repeat of the Manbij's Deal with the United States previous year .
The absence of the top American players created a golden opportunity for France. The 6-foot-6 combo guard scored 11 points, including.
Two of those swats came during the decisive final stretch; the latter was on a Mitchell lay-up attempt with 53 ticks left that would have brought the Americans within two points of Gobert and company.
"This win won't mean much if we don't win the gold". He tallied just two shot attempts in the fourth, and his second attempt came with Team USA down 10 in the final 10 seconds. At the end of the third, the Americans led 66-63.
Though Team USA lost, players showed growth throughout the tournament. Gobert rested only six minutes and wound up a game-high plus-26. Jayson Tatum missed Wednesday's matchup with an ankle injury, and Marcus Smart finishing the morning as Team USA's No. 2 scorer is a clear sign something was amiss.
Both teams had similar shooting numbers, but France dominated on the boards and won the rebound battle, 44-28, while also shooting 17 more free throws than the US (84-67). I could care less about the 29. In the other semi-final, Spain will meet the victor of Australia's match with the Czech Republic. With Gobert guarding the paint, this was a game where the USA needed their scorers to step up and carry them into the semis, yet ultimately only Mitchell was able to assume that responsibility. France deployed Knicks point guard and defensive ace Frank Ntilikina throughout the fourth alongside Gobert, and Nicolas Batum provided necessary length and switchability in the final minutes.