Tokyo Olympics

HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs France – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Finals

JR Isaga
HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs France – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Finals

Sergio Perez/Reuters

Sergio Perez/Reuters

Shooting for its fourth straight Olympic men's basketball gold, Team USA seeks to avenge its only loss in Tokyo as it faces France again in the finals

The contender field for the Tokyo Olympics basketball gold medal is now down to two teams, and the tournament has circled back to where all the global buzz began.

After a shocking opening-round win and an eventual undefeated run to the top, France is once again out for blood, while the United States shoots for its fourth straight Olympic gold on Saturday, August 7.

(UPDATE: USA avenges loss to France, wins 4th straight Olympic basketball gold)

Ever since beating Team USA, the French have not missed a beat and have either soundly defeated opponents or performed well in clutch situations, like their heart-stopping 90-89 semifinal escape against the Luka Doncic-led Slovenia.

Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum, and Evan Fournier have lived up to their NBA-caliber status and are all primed for one last do-or-die defensive slog with the Americans.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, and Jrue Holiday have fully hit their superstar-level stride for Team USA as evidenced by their 97-78 semifinal burial of Australia despite being down 15 points in the first half.

For an almighty Team USA program that dominates international news the moment it loses, anything lower than a gold medal finish is a massive embarrassment, and the same standard will always hold true for the foreseeable future.

Will the Americans hang on to defend their status as Olympic gods, or will the French deliver one last stunner for a shot at ultimate basketball glory?

Game time is 10:30 am, Philippine time.

– Rappler.com