French national team | What do we remember from the victory over the Netherlands?

Vincent Colette’s men Yesterday afternoon, at Kindarina in Rouen, opposed a modest team from the Netherlands to begin their preparations for EuroBasket 2022 (1-18 September), Vincent Colette’s men showed the face of a calm and confident team, but it is clear that they are still in the race. In, like this first half in slow motion. In the end, a victory of 24 points and confirmation of certainty, but also areas of work and progress identified for the rest of the preparatory matches.

Here are the points to remember from this first meeting.

Vincent Poirier, Quiet Force

Injured in the groin and losing for the EuroBasket, Vincent Poirier approached this preparation in the role of the indisputable lining of Rudy Gobert on the spinning shaft. In 17 minutes of playing, the Real Madrid player approached a double, with 11 points (4/6) and 8 rebounds, adding 3 steals to her. He finished with a rating of +18, and tied the game’s best with teammate Rudi Gobert and Dutchman Jannick Frank.

Pregnant during the July international window, “Pear” returned to his regular role last night, in the shadow player record.

A role he occupied last summer during the Olympics, but also and above all during the last season with Real Madrid, where he played a relay role for another hub, a reference in Europe, giant Walter Tavares.

During the July window, starting, I had more balls. Here I am in the role of throwback collectors, screen setters. It’s quite another thing. But I’m good in both roles. My game has always been to play in spaces and create other players.” He said after the match.

Within a short time, Vincent Poirier linked up with Rudy Gobert at the paddle. A composition with two real training axes that are rare in the French team, but they were already used by Vincent Colette during the last Olympics, which to some extent succeeded. In particular, the photo of this successful mid-range shot of the first shot from the movie “pick-and-roll”, while the second made itself available in the “dunker spot”.

It’s not really in the fourth position. It’s like two internal anchor points when we’re together. We’re working on it in training to have that option. This allows me to play in the ocean, with my little shot. It’s another version of my game Vincent Poirier added on the subject.

Eli Okubo keeps his foot on the accelerator

Building on the highly successful 2021/22 season with Asvel, both at Betclic Elite and at EuroLeague, Bordelais continues his momentum this summer. In his form in July, during the international window (8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists in 2 games), the new Monaco player signed another good performance yesterday afternoon.

Vincent Colette’s first turn in the first quarter, Eli Okubo played 20 minutes, for 8 points (2/3 in shots), 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Always very aggressive towards the circle, like 4/4 at the free throw line, he presents his coach with a different profile in the 1/2 positions. Indeed, while Thomas Heurtel is an innovator and manager and Frank Ntilikina shines with his always impeccable defense of the man, the former NBAer highlights his talent as a pure goal scorer, able to make his way into the circuit with ease.

Today it seems very difficult to imagine that the last group to play in the European Basketball Championships at the end of the month is not Eli Okubo.

Yvan Fournier and Rudy Goubert assume their situation

Respectively, captain and co-leader of this group, and thus leaders on and off the field, Yvan Fournier and Rudi Joubert took their place, and to no surprise. France’s top scorer with 15 points was the instigator of his team’s awakening after the break, thanks in particular to three consecutive award-winning shots. The second, as always, put his law into the racket, collecting 12 points and 9 rebounds.

But besides the solo performance of two friends of the 1992 generation, we especially remember the pact shown by the two players, who sought each other a lot, especially with regard to “pick and roll”.

It’s a natural role for me [celui de leader et capitaine]And the But it is a joint leadership. […] We’ve known each other since we were thirteen, and there is a lot of experience between us. So I try to find it a lot. It’s a connection that’s been working for a few years now. » The back of the French national team explained About his complicity with Rudy Gobert, with whom, of course, he shared the same sentiments.

It is always my pleasure! We’ve been playing together for the French team for 12 years, so obviously there’s a relationship. Now it’s up to us to try and lead this team at the highest level possible » Added new wolves hub.

Defense and an external address are still far from the account

If the basic was guaranteed a big victory, then everything was not perfect in the match of the French national team.

The first, the collective defense, which was particularly negative in the first half, especially during the second half of the second quarter. While the Blues signed their first break at +12, they lowered their guard, leaving their opponents to return to just six units at the end of the first half.

Blame it on the missed rebounds and thus the second chances offered to the Dutch, but also and above all on the defense in the “pick up and roll” at times daunting, leaving very long periods. The author of 21 points, including four winning shots, particularly benefited Yannick Franke.

In general, France raised their voices significantly during the second half, but we must be careful not to repeat the same start in defense on Friday against Italy, an opponent of a different caliber than the Netherlands. Bass, who upset France in the quarter – the final of the Olympic Games.

The other big collective concern has been the outside title since France finished the match 8/28 with three points! Many failures, despite many good situations, which we will attribute to the lack of rhythm: after all, it was the first match for Vincent Colette and his forces since the Olympic final last summer.

It was not harmful against the Netherlands, but we will have to do a lot better against Italy.

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