Joe Harris on Team USA’s loss to France: ‘We certainly didn’t deserve to win’
Team USA took a 10-point loss at the hands of France in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Joe Harris, who once again got the start for a second consecutive game, noted the Americans didn’t deserve to move on to the semifinals in a barnburner matchup against the French:
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to tip your cap to them,” said Harris after an 89-79 loss on Wednesday, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. “They outplayed us. They deserved to win. We certainly didn’t deserve to win that game.”
After trailing by six at the half, the U.S. regained control of the game with a three-point lead heading into the fourth, thanks to a scoring barrage by Donovan Mitchell that saw him score 14 of his 29 points in the period.
Point guard Kemba Walker struggled with foul trouble and a poor shooting night, leaving him down after the Americans ran out of answers down the stretch:
“Just got to take it like a man at this point,” said Walker. “We lost. There’s nothing we can do. We competed. We’ve been competing since day one that we got to training camp. But we gave it everything we’ve got. I know we’re Team USA and things of that nature and they’ve been winning for a lot of years, but you know, we didn’t get a chance to pull it off.”
Team is now bound to face Serbia in the consolation bracket for a chance to finish in the top five of this competition.