France star Nicolas Batum pulls a rabbit out of the hat and ends Luka Doncic’s dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
The match between France and Slovenia was filled with everything a basketball fan could ask for. While Luka Doncic continued his tremendous form in the semi-finals, his side’s dream of winning a gold medal was shattered.
The reason? It was none other than French forward Nicolas Batum, who took matters into his own hands. No, literally, Batum sealed the game for his team with an insane game-winning block. In fact, many fans are already labeling it the best block in Olympics history.
Thanks to Batum’s efforts, France claimed a 90-89 victory over Luka Doncic-led Slovenia.
Nicolas Batum? More like LeBron James from the 2016 NBA Finals!
It is hard to forget the heroics of NBA superstar LeBron James’ amazing performance in the 2016 NBA Finals. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA ring and that too in an incredible fashion.
During the game 7 of the series, James pulled off one of the most iconic blocks in the history of basketball;. He put a stop to Andre Iguodala’s effort to give the Warriors a late-game lead. Fast forward to 2021, and many fans relived that moment via Nicolas Batum’s amazing block over Luka Doncic.
Epic block by Nic Batum to beat Slovenia and hand Luka his first loss in international play (previously 17-0).
It's now Team USA vs. France at 10:30pm EST on Friday night for the gold medal.pic.twitter.com/XJI2iYMGrV
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) August 5, 2021
The defeat ended Luka’s undefeated streak with his national side. Previously, the 22 -year-old was undefeated at the national level for 17 consecutive games!
On a similar note, here is what fans are saying about Nic Batum’s block on Twitter:
— Jonathan Ferdinand (@jo_ferdinand) August 5, 2021
Nic Batum with the clutchest block in Olympic history pic.twitter.com/TEsh81Eoxa
— Guru (@DrGuru_) August 5, 2021
— Swarm and Sting (@SwarmnSting) August 5, 2021
Nic Batum with the HULK SMASH BLOCK…to win it…nice.ll
— Jay "Scoop" Anderson (@HereGoJayAgain) August 5, 2021
Nic Batum with the game saving block! pic.twitter.com/DPe4FgsNUY
— The Sports Place (@offsportsplace) August 5, 2021
Nic Batum with the incredible block to send France to the Olympic final
Luka Doncic is beaten for the first time with Slovenia
— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) August 5, 2021
What is next for Nic Batum and France?
Following this unbelievable victory, the team is all set to face the USA for the gold medal match. While France have already reserved a silver medal for themselves, they will be eyeing the ultimate prize without a doubt.
But the final battle against team USA won’t be easy by any means. We will find out who will end their campaign with a gold medal on August 07, 2021, at 10:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Until then, let us know your thoughts about the performance of Nic Batum in the comments section.