The World Basketball Cup in China is moving slowly but surely towards the grand finale. Argentina and Spain are already in the semi-finals. The remaining two quarter-finals follow today. (Calendar of the basketball world cup)
The US team is in the center, but Germany defeated France as the favorite of the match (World Cup basketball: United States – France from 13 hours on LIVETICKER), but Gregg Popovich's team has not yet convinced.
In the first group stage, they triumphed against the Czech Republic, Turkey and Japan, but especially against the Turks got the USA's success in 93: 92 overtime. In the second group stage, victories followed against Brazil and Greece.
Team USA with a solid defense
The stars of the NBA do not shine at this World Cup with offensive fireworks, but the defense is presented as a well-oiled machine. 171 defensive rebounds are lonely in the lead (compared to France 122).
"Our defense is ahead of our attack right now, but we were expecting that since we will start with twelve players who have never played together," said Popovich, whose team is currently facing to a difficult test with France.
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With the Rudy Gobert Center, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum and Frank Ntilikina, the French have four players earning their roles in the NBA, as well as Vincent Poirier, who has just signed with the Boston Celtics.
France pats against Australia
The first group stage was not touched by France and won the opening match 78:74 against Germany, before the team concedes to the second group stage after a tight victory against Lithuania and a close defeat against Australia.
Former NBA star Nando de Colo, who had worked with Popovich on the San Antonio Spurs, now wants to put his former coach on the map.
The Guard is not afraid of big names anyway: "If you want to win a medal, you still have to beat the big boys," Colo said.
After the duel between the United States and France, the last quarter-final between Australia and the Czech Republic follows (World Cup basketball: Australia – Czech Republic from 15 hours in LIVETICKER).
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