It was the Evan Fournier show early Sunday morning in Tokyo as the Boston Celtics wing lit up Team USA to hand them their first Olympic loss since 2004.
Fournier dropped a game-high 28 points in France’s 83-76 upset victory over the Americans and after was asked about how his country was able to pull off the shocker. Even for Fournier and the French after a win, there is no denying that the individual quality of Team USA is far and away better than any squad in the tournament. The game, however, is won as a team:
France’s Evan Fournier after beating USA Basketball in Tokyo Olympic opener: “They are better individually but they can be beaten as a team.”
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 25, 2021
It was a team effort from Fournier and the French as they open group play 1-0. Up next for France is a battle with the Czech Republic on Wednesday.