Team USA Eliminated From FIBA World Cup and Basketball Fans Aren't Surprised

Team USA has exited the FIBA World Cup following a loss against France.

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In a surprising turn of events, Team USA exited the FIBA World Cup on Wednesday, following a loss against France. The quarterfinal game, which took place at Dongguan Basketball Center in Dongguan, China, saw France walk away with a 89-79 victory, ending USA's 58-game international winning streak in non-exhibition games featuring NBA players. France will face off against Argentina in the semifinals on Friday, while Team USA will play Serbia for a consolation game on Thursday.

The loss dashes hopes of Team USA achieving their sixth consecutive gold medal at the FIBA World Cup. And while fans may be disappointed in the team's performance, no one can be that surprised after so many elite players dropped out ahead of the tournament. Couple that with the rest of the world only getting stronger, and Team USA's loss just doesn't feel so shocking.

After the loss, some people praised France's play, while others trolled the four Celtics on Team USA. Check out some reactions below. 


NBA fans watching Team USA lose with four Celtics on the roster

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 11, 2019

The hope was that Frank Ntilikina would walk away from this tournament with a boost of confidence... hard to imagine a scenario that would give him more confidence than making arguably the two biggest jumpers in French basketball history to beat Team USA

— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) September 11, 2019

Team USA Basketball not winning the gold medal is disappointing but not surprising. The rest of the world is catching up in talent and other national teams have higher levels of continuity. Hats off to the players who are repping the US - they are doing it the right way. 👍💪🇺🇸

— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) September 11, 2019

Team USA loss to France was not a disgrace or an embarrassment or anything else you might hear today or for however long folks want to talk about it. Americans lost to a better team & got outplayed (not outworked) in the 4thQ. Don’t send our best or 2nd best, this is what you get

— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) September 11, 2019

Team USA really just lost to France. They’re now playing for fifth place. I guess that’s what happens when you depend on 4 Celtics to win you something

— 𝙃𝙀𝘼𝙏 𝙉𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉 (@HeatvsHaters) September 11, 2019

The Streak ends: U.S. men’s basketball team eliminated in World Cup quarterfinals, losing to France, 89-79. U.S. had won 58 straight non-exhibition games in FIBA competition dating back to the 2006 World Championship semifinals w/NBA players. France outplayed ‘em, deserved the W.

— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) September 11, 2019

Team USA after losing to France on 9/11

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 11, 2019

In a recent interview with the Undefeated, former NBA commissioner David Stern commented on the amount of players who dropped out of Team USA. "FIBA made a mistake moving the World Cup into odd years," he explained earlier this week. "And as a result, you are asking players to play in the FIBA world championship, play in the season and then play in the Olympics. And I think that pushed a lot of players to feel that they should make a choice between back-to-back years of international competition. And that’s it."

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