Facing pressure and scrutiny, the US Men’s Basketball team opened Olympic play with an 83-76 loss to France (1-0) in Group A play Sunday night at Saitama Super Arena.
The loss is the first in Olympic play for the men’s team since 2004, the same year they would finish by winning the Bronze medal in Athens.
The U.S. led 74-67 with just 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter but France closed the game on a 16-2 run to capture the come-from-behind win. The Americans scored just two points in the final 3:41 and missed three consecutive jump shots in the final 31 seconds that would have given them the lead.
“The French team played very consistent basketball on both ends of the court and did a great job,” U.S. head coach…