Team USA fell short in their 89-79 loss to France in Dongguan. The loss does not impact their qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Myles Turner logged around 10 minutes and recorded 2 points (50% FG, 0% 3P), 1 rebound, 1 block, and 2 turnovers. Most of his minutes occurred in the first half of the game since the coaching staff elected to use small-ball lineups in the second half.
It was a tightly contested matchup early on as both teams were tied 18-18 at the end of the first quarter. France managed to gain slight separation heading into the half as they outscored Team USA 27-21 in the second period and held a 45-39 lead.
Team USA answered back with a 27-18 advantage in the third quarter to trail only 66-63 heading into the final period. France executed well down the final stretch with Team USA using a super small-ball. The 26 points scored by France within the period was twice as much as their opponent.
France’s roster features various NBA talents such as Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, and Frank Ntilikina. Their supporting cast is filled out with cohesive international basketball veterans that compete hard and thrive doing the nuances of the game.
Team USA is back in action on Thursday when they face Serbia with a tipoff time of 7 PM EDT at the Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre. That game can be streamed via the ESPN+ app.