The Ultimate Showdown! Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Final: Team USA vs Team France Injuries, Lineups and Prediction

Published 08/06/2021, 5:59 AM EDT


Who would have predicted that after two weeks of enthralling action, we will see a repeat clash in the basketball final? In the gold medal match of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, USA will battle France to retain their legacy. The road won’t be easy for Team USA and Gregg Popovich’s side will have their opening loss at the back of their minds. As the two powerhouse teams battle it out for international supremacy, can the French complete a historic double against USA?

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Men’s Olympics 2020 Final: Injury updates and lineups

After a thumping comeback victory against Australia, Team USA will be high on confidence. Receiving an encouraging piece of news ahead of the upcoming game, Kevin Durant and co. have not picked up any fresh injuries. They will play with the same strength as the semifinal, and are likely to field an experienced five. The team will be extremely happy with the defensive improvements; something that they were widely criticized for. Whether they can step up in unison one last time will be the key factor.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Semifinal – United States v Australia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States in action with Nicholas Kay of Australia REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Potential lineup: Damian Lillard (G), Devin Booker (G), Draymond Green (C), Kevin Durant (F), Jrue Holiday (F).

Rudy Gobert and France are undefeated at the Games, and ahead of the summit clash. All they will tell themselves is to pull through one last game. Akin to their opponents, the European giants will field a fully fit squad in the final. They will have so many take-away pointers from their incredible semifinal victory over Luka Doncic’s Slovenia. They are likely to remain unchanged, and will count on their experienced NBA stars to deliver the goods.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Damian Lillard of the United States in action with Rudy Gobert of France REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Potential lineup: Nando de Colo (G), Evan Fournier (G), Rudy Gobert (C), Nicolas Batum (F), Guerschon Yabusele (F).

Team USA vs Team France gold medal match: Prediction

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The build-up to this final has been massive. For both teams, the stakes could not get higher, but the Americans will go all out in their bid to remain the kings of basketball. For the French, the tag of being the next big things in the sport is on the line. Team USA will still start as the firm favorites, but if we have learnt anything at these Olympic Games, it is that France can overcome adversities.

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Yet, it is very hard to overlook Team USA in this clash. The picture of someone else claiming gold on the international stage perhaps needs a little more time. We predict Gregg Popovich and Team United States to clinch the ultimate prize yet again, after a tight victory over France!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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