‘They Are Better Individually’: France’s Evan Fournier Takes Subtle Dig at Kevin Durant Led Team USA After Tokyo Olympics 2020 Win

Published 07/25/2021, 12:44 PM EDT


Team USA have been an unstoppable force in international basketball for some time now. After their disappointing loss in the 2004 Olympics, USA have won three consecutive gold medals in the Olympics. Led by the likes of Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard in the 2020 Olympics, the team is aiming for the fourth gold medal in a row.

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Given how star-studded their team is, USA were clear favorites against European giants France. The game certainly started off in incredible fashion for USA. Taking a commanding 7 point-lead, Durant and Co. ended up with a 22-15 scoreline.

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While they could have extended the lead, US settled and ended up with a 45-37 scoreline against the French. But as they showed in the exhibition games, team USA went cold in the third quarter and simply had no answer for the three-point barrage by the French team.

Despite the efforts from Jrue Holiday, Durant and Co. were unable to build on the impeccable run. With the scoreline of 83-76, team USA ultimately lost the game with a 16-2 run for the French team.

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Evan Fournier takes a dig at Kevin Durant and Co. after win

The French team is headlined by Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. While Gobert did have an impact with 14 points and 9 rebounds, the standout performer was Evan Fournier. Fournier who is a role player for the Boston Celtics, was absolutely balling in an increased role.

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While he only hit 4 of his 12 attempted three point attempts, Fournier’s mid-range shots killed the US. Scoring a game high 28 points, Fournier was crucial in giving the French the lead in third quarter. After their win against the US, the French international took a rather subtle dig at KD led team USA.

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Team USA certainly had a disappointing performance in the opener. With the likes of Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard chucking up shots, and in-form players like Khris Middleton not being given ample opportunity, the US had a head-scratcher of a performance.

With their next game coming up against a solid Iranian side, USA will be eager to have a statement victory. Can team USA win a must-win game against Iran and make a comeback?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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