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FIBA World Cup Basketball Lithuania v France Live Stream - Lithuania, France battle for bronze

Lorenzo Gahol 13 Sep 2014
Nicolas Batum (L) vies with Darjus Lavrinovic (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The bronze medal is at stake in the showdown between Lithuania and France at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid on Saturday. 

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Lithuania, which finished third in this tournament in 2010, lost to defending champion United States 68-96 in the semifinal while France bowed to Serbia 85-90.

Prior to their defeat to the Americans, the Lithuanians eliminated New Zealand (76-71) and Turkey (73-61). In Group D of the preliminary round, Lithuania posted wins over Mexico (87-74), Angola (75-62), South Korea (79–49) and Slovenia (67–64) and lost to Australia (75-82).


 Jonas Valanciunas (LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

NBA players Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas are the pillars of Lithuania's frontline. Valanciunas, who plays for the Toronto Raptors, is averaging team-highs 13.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while Houston Rockets mainstay Motiejunas put up 8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Helping them inside the shaded area are twin towers Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic and Paulius Jankunas.

Lithuania also has a formidable backcourt with Renaldas Seibutis (9.4 ppg, 3 apg) and Martynas Pocius (7.8 ppg) leading the charge. 

Head coach Jonas Kazlauskas will also count on Adas Juskevicius and small forward Jonas Maciulis.


Renaldas Seibutis (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

France, meanwhile, is determined to win its first ever medal in this competition. 

Les Bleus placed third in Group A of the preliminary round after posting a 3-2 record. They beat Serbia (74-73), Egypt (94–55) and Iran (81-76) and lost to Brazil (63-65) and Spain (64-88).

In the last 16, France booted out Croatia 69-64 and stunned host Spain 65-52 in the quarterfinal.


Nicolas Batum (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

All eyes will be on Nicolas Batum after the Portland Trail Blazers star erupted for 35 points against the Serbians highlighted by a flurry of three-pointers in the final period. The talented small forward leads the squad in scoring with 13 points per game.

Point guard Thomas Heurtel (9.2 ppg, 4.4 apg), the hero in France's quarterfinal win over Spain, will set up the plays while NBA player Evan Fournier (7.2 ppg) has stepped up in their last few games.

The players to watch in head coach Vincent Collet's frontcourt are Joffrey Lauvergne (8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and NBA veterans Boris Diaw (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4 apg) and Rudy Gobert (4.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1 bpg). 


 Boris Diaw (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Lithuania and France played each other twice in last year's Eurobasket in Slovenia. The Lithuanians crushed the French 76–62 in their second-round showdown but Les Bleus bounced back with an 80-66 victory in the gold medal game to win their maiden European crown.

The only previous World Cup meeting between Lithuania and France took place four years ago in Turkey with the Baltic powerhouse cruising to a 69-55 victory in the group stage. The two squads also met in the preliminary round of the 2012 London Olympics with France posting an 82-74 victory.


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