The star of Team USA's embarrassing basketball loss to France was a robot making shots from halfcourt at halftime

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The star of Team USA's embarrassing basketball loss to France was a robot making shots from halfcourt at halftime
A robot takes shots on the basketball court during halftime of USA-France at Tokyo 2020.
This basketball robot was the star of the show. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
  • Team USA lost to France 83-76 in men's basketball at the Olympics on Sunday.

  • The loss was embarrassing for the US team, who have historically dominated at the Summer Olympics.

  • The one star of the show was a robot making shots during halftime of the game.

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There wasn't a lot to love about Team USA's loss in men's basketball to France on Sunday at the Olympics.

After taking a 45-37 lead into halftime, the Americans fell apart in the second half, outscored in the third quarter 25-11.

Despite taking the lead back in the fourth, France closed the game on a 16-2 run to win 83-76, snapping a 25-game Olympic winning streak for the United States.

With the Americans playing poorly, the show's star was the halftime entertainment - a basketball shooting robot that took the court and started drilling shots with unbelievable ease.

The robot was good from the free-throw line but quickly showed off his range, moving progressively to the three-point line and later to halfcourt.

In their game against France, Team USA shot a dismal 36% from the floor. Conversely, this robot just went three-for-three and showed off the range that would even make Dame Lilliard envious.

There are some drawbacks to the robot's game - his shooting motion takes way too long, and he looks likely to be a liability on defense.

But with the United States needing a sharpshooter, I say we get this guy a jersey and see how it works out.

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