San Antonio Spur Boris Diaw and his fellow French countrymen fell to the Gasol brothers and Spain 88-64 during Group A play of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Diaw struggled against the height of Spain, shooting only 17% from the floor, and finishing with three points. Only one of his shots came in the paint against the defensive monsters of the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol and the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. Diaw, however, did finish with three assists, a team high.
France has followed a very balanced scoring throughout the tournament, and followed that blueprint, but Spain was just too good to overcome.
Spain joins the United States, Greece, and Slovenia as the only undefeated, four-win teams in the tournament. The home country is the favorite, along with the United States, to make the gold medal game.
The Spurs offseason target, Pau Gasol, has led the tournament in scoring heading into action today. However, his brother, Marc Gasol, led the way for Spain today with 17 points and six rebounds. Pau Gasol dropped in 15 and Ibaka chipped in another ten. Juan Carlos Navarro (14) and Sergio Llull (10) both added double digit scoring for Spain, as well.
France’s next contest is tomorrow against Iran, who is biting at their tail in the standings. Diaw and France must play better to win and advance out of the group stage.