The United States froze completely in the last minutes against France.
Of the Olympics the United States, a big favorite in the men’s basketball tournament, immediately snapped at the opening match of the tournament. France defeated the U.S. constellation in Sunday’s late game 83-76.
The U.S. offensive game froze completely in the final minutes of a flat match. The team took a seven-point lead just under four minutes before full time. After that, the team failed more than twice in a free throw. France rose by successful threes.
In the NBA, the French Celtics representing France Evan Fournier punished the Americans by 28 points. None of the U.S. players reached more than 20 points.
The US was in trouble even before the Olympics. The team suffered surprising losses in their practice matches for Nigeria and Australia, but then beat Argentina and Spain.
USA and the match between France attracted a large number of journalists or otherwise accredited people to the venue, who were clearly closest to enjoying basketball entertainment. There were so many people on the other side of the auditorium that the atmosphere was nowhere near as quiet as in other venues in Tokyo.
There were plenty of photographers on the edge of the field.
The US team is quite a million bunch. The team’s 12 players total salary last season was $ 243 million (€ 206 million), or just over $ 20 million per player.
The U.S. team includes two recent NBA champions: the Milwaukee Bucks Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. The finals of the losing Phoenix Suns are included Devin Booker.
Lauri Markkanen companion from the Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine was able to join the team late due to the corona protocol. However, the Bulls star finished in the first match and was in the opening lineup. He played for 18 minutes and scored eight points.
France also has one of the toughest teams in the Games. Five of its players Make money in the NBA and the rest in Europe’s top clubs.
Superstars performed without spectators, but on a lavish stage. Saitama Super Arena is the most handsome sports sanctuary of the Games with the Athletics Arena, or the National Stadium of Japan.
Saitama Super Arena was opened in 2000. It is a multi-purpose arena that really adapts to many things. The entire second end spectator, more than 40 meters high, is mobile, allowing the arena to be used for many sports and events.
The concerts can accommodate up to 37,000 spectators. In Olympic basketball, the capacity is 21,000 spectators, which, however, cannot be seen on the spot due to limitations.