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Next Up For Team USA: France In The Gold Medal Game

As Nicolas Batum pulls off a truly great clutch play to preserve the win for the French

France’s Evan Fournier (2L) and his teammate Nicolas Batum celebrate their win in the men’s semi-final basketball match between France and Slovenia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on August 5, 2021.
Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images

France and Slovenia put on a spectacular performance in the Tokyo Olympics basketball tournament with Les Bleus winning only when Nicolas Batum blocked a shot at the rim by Slovenia’s Klemen Prepelic with :04 left on the clock.

It was a truly great play, one that will live on in Olympic lore for a very long time. How much more clutch can you get than that?

It negated another great game by Luka Doncic, who had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 boards and a staggering 18 assists.

Poor foul shooting likely doomed the Junaki - Slovenia hit just 11-20 from the line.

So now France will meet the US in the title game which is probably what Team USA wanted. The early loss to the French probably sticks in their craw and now they have a chance to avenge it. Our guess is this is exactly what they wanted.