Ben Golliver: Kevin Durant said Team USA held a players-only meeting after opening loss to France: “When you have a team meeting, you’re at the bottom. We worked our way up from there… A lot of people back home doubted us…. We came together and finished it off with a perfect ending.”
Ben Golliver: France’s Rudy Gobert: “We tried to make him work as hard as we can, but he’s Kevin Durant. He’s going to hit shots that only him, in the world, can hit. … I think he’s the best scorer in basketball. He’s going to do what he does, especially on the biggest stage.”
Tim Reynolds: Luka Doncic’s 18 assists tonight for Slovenia vs. France were the second-most ever in an Olympic game. Manuel Saenz had 20 for Mexico vs. Japan on July 19, 1976. Now No. 3 on the top-assists list: Some guy named Steve Nash, who had 15 for Canada vs. Australia on Sept. 17, 2000.