The U.S. men's national basketball team will not medal in a major worldwide competition for the first time since the 2002 FIBA World Championship, when an embarrassing performance inevitably led to a complete revamping of the program.
It is the first time the Americans lost in worldwide competition since the 2006 FIBA World Championship semifinals, when the team played Greece.
France spoiled an impressive performance from Donovan Mitchell, Gobert's National Basketball Association team-mate, who led Team USA with 29 points.
The Americans did not shoot well - again - and by opting to go small at the 5, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was able to go off for 21 points and 16 rebounds as France outboarded Team USA (5-1) 44-28 in the game. In the fourth, Team USA squandered a seven-point lead and went scoreless over six consecutive possessions at one point. Trailing for much of the game, the US rode Mitchell to a second-half comeback, even taking a 74-67 lead in the final eight minutes. Walker is one of the NBA's leading pick-and-roll players, but neither he nor the rest of Team USA could put Gobert on skates a la Steph Curry.
France were 51-41 ahead in the third quarter before the United States moved into a 72-65 lead, but the French fought back to take the victory.
France will face Argentina in the semifinals. Team USA will need to seriously raise its game in 2020 to win gold.
France trailed by three heading into the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Americans 26-13 in the final frame en route to an 89-79 win. Jayson Tatum missed Wednesday's matchup with an ankle injury, and Marcus Smart finishing the morning as Team USA's No. 2 scorer is a clear sign something was amiss.