France vs. Egypt FIBA World Cup 2014: Game Grades, Analysis for France, Pharaohs

Garrett JochnauCorrespondent IISeptember 1, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Nicolas Batum #5 of France looks on while taking on Spain during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After losing in the final minute to Brazil and barely squeaking out a win over Serbia, the French national basketball team bounced back in admirable fashion, rolling over Egypt in a 40-minute 94-55 rout.

The Egyptian squad never stood a chance, struggling out of the gate while their opponents clicked on all cylinders—both offensively and defensively. Ball movement was key for the pass-happy French team, who registered 31 assists on 38 makes.

Granted, Egypt is far less imposing than Brazil, but France's effortless defeat provides them with a much-needed victory as they bounce to 2-1 in Group A, while Egypt sinks to 0-3.


France Grades

Nicolas Batum: A-

Joffrey Lauvergne: A

Antoine Diot: A

Thomas Heurtel: B+

Rest of Team: A


Nicolas Batum: A-

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Nicolas Batum #5 of France reacts in the first half while taking on Spain during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.
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Nicolas Batum contributed to the scoring onslaught with nine points, though a handful came uncontested in transition. Even so, France's leading man left his imprint on the offensive end, utilizing his length and athleticism to his advantage over less-gifted opponents, as he scored efficiently—80 percent shooting—while making an impact without the ball in his hands, tossing two dimes during his limited stint on the court.

His largest impact came on the defensive end, where he played a large role in disrupting any offensive rhythm that Egypt seemingly had. Though he never officially logged a steal, Batum's quick hands caused several turnovers, and he was quick to jump out into the open court whenever Egypt's offense began breaking down.

Overall, he received too little playing time to fill the stat sheet, but there was no mistaking his all-around contributions, as France enjoyed some of its greatest success during his court time.


Joffrey Lauvergne: A

Lauvergne may not be France's biggest name among NBA crowds, but the 6'11'' big man certainly proved himself on the international stage during FIBA's third day of events.

Setting the stage for his squad's complete dominance with a game-opening dunk, Lauvergne also gave fans a taste of what was in store from his end. Serving as the bottom half for numerous pick-and-rolls, the 22-year-old starter was a consistent, reliable and valuable asset on the offensive end, adding 12 points.

He was also instrumental in setting the tone for France on the boards, finishing with a game-high seven rebounds in just 11 minutes of play. As a whole, France dominated the glass, out-rebounding Egypt 41-23.

Though the Pharaohs' roster featured few players capable of countering Lauvergne's size and skill, he is still deserving of significant praise after a fantastic two-way outing.


Antoine Diot: A

Perhaps more so than any other player, Antoine Diot stole the show for France. Coming off the bench early, the 25-year-old point guard established himself as the team's go-to offensive option. 

Serving as one of the team's primary facilitators—Diot finished with six assists—he connected with Lauvergne from the start, providing France with an imposing pick-and-roll duo that scored effortlessly. Diot also added 10 points of his own on 67 percent shooting.

France dominated from the perimeter, benefiting from ball movement and strong shooting, and the team's second-unit leader undoubtedly paved the way for their success. 


Thomas Heurtel: B+

Filling in for Tony Parker is no easy task, but starting point guard Thomas Heurtel has been excellent thus far. Though he was the final player on France's roster to register a bucket, Heurtel did finish with a respectable six points on just five shot attempts.

However, his largest impact came through his passing. France moved the ball beautifully and it was the point guard who headlined the distributing success. Totaling a game-high eight assists, he helped the rest of the team reach its full potential, providing France's low-post players with inside opportunities and its shooters with open looks from deep.

Though he wasn't flashy and will likely be overlooked on the highlight reels, Heurtel was an impact player for France and a talent to watch as the tournament progresses.


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Rest of Team: A

There was no shortage of playmakers on France's end, with every player contributing on the scoreboard. Early success from the starters gave the team's reserves a shot on the court, and from top to bottom, the squad excelled.

Boris Diaw started strong, but came out early after registering three points and three assists.

Beyond him, Florent Pietrus scored 11 points on perfect shooting, striking from everywhere on the court. Rudy Gobert's length and unparalleled athleticism helped him shine, as he finished with six points and six rebounds. Alongside Mickael Gelabale, the two headlined the group of "other guys" who provided strength to France on both ends of the floor.

Only Evan Fournier showed any signs of struggling, though he eventually found his way en route to nine points of his own.

Overall, it was a balanced attack for France, and one that should boost its confidence going forward.


Egypt Grades

Ibrahim Elgammal: B-

Sherif Genedy: B-

Youssef Shousha: C

Ramy Ibrahim: D

Rest of Team: D-


Ibrahim Elgammal: B-

Ibrahim Elgammal has been Egypt's leading scorer throughout the tournament, and though his shooting percentage—27 percent—might be unattractive, he was Egypt's best player again on Monday, scoring a team-high 12 points.

Though he is neither fast nor supremely talented, the Egyptian guard routinely found his way to the basket, at least adding some excitement in an otherwise embarrassing loss.

His poor efficiency is somewhat skewed by an end-of-the-half heave and a few desperate three-point attempts as the game came to a close, but he certainly could have been better despite finishing as one of the squad's better players.


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Sherif Genedy: C+

Sherif Genedy enjoyed most of his success in garbage time—though the entire game beyond the opening tip was essentially garbage time—as he added 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

However, even with a respectable stat line, he did little to counter France's offensive onslaught and didn't look at all confident without the ball in his hands. The less-efficient Elgammal made a greater positive impact, even if the stats suggest otherwise.

Still, from the box score alone, Genedy was Egypt's bright spot. And I guess that's worth something.


Youssef Shousha: C

Youssef Shousha also enjoyed some late-game success. With seven points on 75 percent shooting, Egypt's big man was not completely horrible.

That said, he did nothing to stop France inside and was completely outclassed by every one of his opponents—from Lauvergne to Gobert.

Though not a complete zero, Shousha was anything but spectacular—even if he was one of the squad's top performers.


Amr Gendy: D

Amr Gendy was neither efficient nor productive in his scoring.

In fact, he was pretty unspectacular in just about every way. However, he did show a few bursts of energy en route to a pair of highlight-worthy buckets—something that nobody else on his team was able to do.

Still, he'll have to step up if the team wants to bounce back and avoid a similar fate.


Rest of Team: D-

As a whole, the team shot 33 percent and was out-rebounded by a significant margin.

On the court, anybody not listed above looked completely out of place and was seemingly discouraged from the start. Though they were certainly the underdogs going in, few could have expected such poor play from top to bottom. 


Coming Up

France and Egypt get a day of rest before taking on Spain and Iran, respectively, in what should be far more competitive contests.