Olympics Basketball 2012: Breaking Down Every Matchup vs. Team France

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Olympics Basketball 2012: Breaking Down Every Matchup vs. Team France
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Poor Tony Parker. He got hit with shards of glass in his eye, a situation that would engender more sympathy had it not happened in such a ridiculous manner.

As you probably know, the man was caught in a crossfire of a bottle-throwing fight between Drake and Chris Brown. He now has to bounce back from this injury and carry Team France—while wearing Kareem-style goggles, no less. 

The challenge is especially tough this time because Joakim Noah is staying home. The Bulls center suffered a high ankle sprain in the playoffs and cannot help France this time around.

Were Noah playing, France might be ranked second in this tournament. Unlike Spain, they have a player on the wing (Nicolas Batum). Had Noah played, France would have boasted a big man who could switch onto athletic perimeter players in pick-and-roll situations. 

Now, they'll have to soldier on against an American team that has them outclassed at every position. France could still pull it off, but they're going to have to catch Team USA like this

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