In contrast to the reigning Slovenian European champion for his last game in the group of death, the French team wants to play a bad trick in Luka Doncic and thus finish at least in second place in their pool. But in the end, it was Luka Magic who played a too bad trick by the Blues, who fell on the arm against the offensive explosion of the Ljubljana phenomenon.
Since the start of the Euro, EDF has been hot and cold. And Wednesday’s clash against Slovenia will be a good test to see where the Blues really stand as they head into the knockout stage. Successfully passed the test… despite the defeat. Yes, the Blues went down on the opening night in Cologne. Yes, Vincent Collet’s men have to settle for third place in Group B, the same as the confrontation against Turkey in the round of 16. But above all, they looked the European champions straight in the eye for 40 minutes, a European champion who needs a
pro-Slovenia arbitration Historic Luka Doncic (47 points) to grab the victory 88-82. And the signs of the future are encouraging.
First, we love it start the game in a very serious way, where the Blues took a 14-3 lead behind an executed attack and locked-in defense. If you know the usual difficulties of EDF in the first minutes, this is a positive sign. Terry Tarpey putting pressure on Luka, Evan Fournier heating up the attack, zero baskets scored in five minutes, in short, usually the kind of start we want. Second point we want to underline: the perfs of the role players thrown into the fire tonight. Behind the old Vavane (15 points), Rudy Gobert (19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 post on Luka, 9/10 shooting) or Thomas Heurtel (10 points, 10 assists, 3 steals), we see Amath M’ Baye. advantage of the absence of Guerschon Yabusele (ha) to show that we can always count on him. Hardly used by Collet in recent games and built against Slovenia, Amath was in his 34 minutes on the floor (13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3/7 from distance). Ditto for Elie Okobo, in a difficult start to the Euro but author of his best game of the competition (11 points in 22 minutes) despite some pockets of air that ended up costing money time. Obviously a good omen for the future. Vincent Collet said it himself in the locker room after Lithuania, “We need everyone to be champions”the tricolor coach probably has more certainty today than a few days ago.
Despite everything, turnovers still weighed on the French, a classic among classics. 18 bullet wounds, sick especially when you have a team like Slovenia that punishes you with cash in transition. What is the anger because in general, the Blues were there, in the fight and in the intensity. The game was stormy, it was very hot at times and it was like a knockout confrontation, but EDF never looked like it did at the start of the Euro against Germany. With a little waste of ball handling and especially a better management in the last minute, France could have gone for this win. The score was 82-82 with blue-white-red possession 90 seconds from the end but a terrible sequence caused EDF to fall. : Okobo’s turnover, Dragic’s lay-up, Heurtel’s airball, Vlatko Cancar’s mid-distance shot, Okobo’s failed winning shot and then another ball loss by Evan Fournier, green with anger against the referee in the place. 88-82 in the end, obviously hard to swallow but at the same time it’s not every day that Luka Doncic plants 47 pawns in 39 minutes to keep alive a Slovenia denied by Mike Tobey. Simply unplayable this Wednesday, Luka Magic is on another planet and as such, there isn’t much to do but bow out. Vincent Poirier, repeatedly victimized by Doncic in switches that resulted in many banderillas of 3-points, definitely knocked out (involuntarily) the Slovenian maestro before the break, but nothing can stop the man in this final deadline of group of death. .
After a brutal defeat at the last Olympics, Luka Doncic’s Slovenia got a little revenge on the Blues. But the French team will advance by winning the next round. He is not far from hitting the European champion despite an unplayable Luka, and we feel that he has gained momentum after the improvements at the start of the tournament. An increase in power that now must be confirmed against Turkey in the eighth, if they do not go home earlier than expected.