Social media reacts to USA Basketball losing its first Olympics game since 2004

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By , Audacy

The US men’s basketball team may be in some trouble.

Team USA lost its Olympics opener in Tokyo on Sunday in a stunning upset to France, 83-76, marking its first Olympics loss for the U.S. since 2004 during the Summer Games in Athens and snapping a 25-game Olympic winning streak.

The U.S. lead by six points with four minutes remaining but France stormed back and took the lead with just under a minute to play on an Evan Fournier 3-pointer.

Fournier finished with 28 points for France while Jrue Holiday led the U.S. with 18 points.

The loss does not knock the U.S. out of medal contention, although the team must now win its next two games in group play to advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. will play Iran on Wednesday and the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The U.S. had lost two games in exhibition play prior to the start of the Olympics, casting concern over Team USA’s ability to win the gold in Tokyo.

Sunday’s loss to France only exacerbated those concerns, with many fans and media critical of the team on social media, especially head coach Gregg Popovich.

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