AThe Olympic gold medal of American basketball proponents was in jeopardy, and so was Kevin Durant. “Many expected us to fail in this situation,” the NBA star said after 97:78 (42:45) in the semi-final against Australia. The Americans were already 15 points behind this Thursday. “But we were ready to fight and we knew we could come back quickly,” Durant said.
With his 23 points, the 32-year-old from the Brooklyn Nets played a key role in helping the United States become the Olympic champions for the fourth time in a row in Saturday’s final.
“He’s a great leader.”
“The trip here was fun. You rarely get a chance to win gold often,” Durant said. “I’m looking forward to the finals. It’s a new experience every time.” Followed from a distance.
When other greats from the world’s strongest league, such as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook or Stephen Curry, made the trip to Tokyo, exceptional talent had already returned. “He doesn’t have to be here, but he’s 100 percent here and a great leader,” said Devine Booker of “Gaddy”.
Coach Greg Popovich praised the highly-decorated turban as his teammates, including the world champion, two-time NBA champion and eleven-time All-Star. Durant exemplifies the Olympic feel without being the center of attention.
He is already the most successful points collector in the glorious history of the American team, which is only a dream team light this year. Many big names are missing compared to the past, but they are higher than the competition at important moments. The initial defeat against France – for the first time in 17 years at the Olympics – has not really changed that much.
Australia can only play in the final for a short time. Durant and Go Ice turned cold in a 26:41 second half of the second quarter. “They filled us up and it seemed like we would never play together,” Bobovich said of the Bubours ’strong early stages. But then the defense improved and the Australians have not had a chance since.
At the Saitama Super Arena, the World Cup is now back against third-placed France for an overall 16th Olympic victory. Since the dream team around Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson won in Barcelona in 1992, the gold medalist has been intercepted by the United States seven times six, and Argentina only in 2004. The flow must continue. “I want to play now,” said winger Zack Lavin.
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