The U.S. men’s basketball team nailed its first two objectives of the FIBA World Cup — go undefeated in group play and clinch an Olympic berth.
Now the real test begins, starting with a quarterfinal against France on Wednesday.
France, which lost to the U.S. 100-97 at the Rio Olympics, boasts five NBA players, including Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.
The U.S. is made up entirely of NBA players, but just two 2019 All-Stars and one man with Olympic experience.
Its 13-year win streak at global tournaments was tested last week in a one-point overtime win over Turkey.
FIBA World Cup quarterfinals
The U.S. and Argentina clinched Tokyo 2020 spots when the Americans beat the Brazilians 89-73 on Monday.
Kemba Walker and Myles Turner led the way with 16 points each. A full box score is here.
At the World Cup, the top two teams from the Americas qualify for the Olympics, and only two teams from the Americas made the quarters.
Brazil can still qualify for the Olympics at a last-chance tournament next year. As can Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Greece, which was also knocked out of the World Cup on Monday.
Half of the 12-team Olympic field is now set: Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Iran, Argentina and the U.S.
Two more nations will qualify at the World Cup — the top two from Europe.
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