The French put in a very strong effort on Sunday night as they lost 100-97 to the United States in the final games of Group A. They will likely feel disappointed they couldn't make up those three points at the end.
Thomas Huertel and Nando de Colo put in great performances as they finished with 18 points apiece while Nicolas Batum also dropped 14. However, they were without San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker for the whole game.
Sitting out such a big player against the most dominant nation in basketball history left many fans wondering if the four-time NBA champion was carrying an injury. However, head coach Vincent Collet cleared up the decision after the game.
The European nation finished third in Group A and will now face the team that comes second in Group B, and Collett insisted that there were no injury concerns for Parker, saying: "He's fine. He's resting."
In his last Olympic tournament, Parker will be hoping he can lead his nation to a first podium finish since they claimed a silver medal at Sydney 2000. It has been a solid tournament so far for the Spurs man and the break will have done him the world of good.
Having averaged 13 points and 3.75 assists per game, he led the French to a 3-1 record before the game against the United States.
A superhuman effort will still be required for France to reach the podium; the USA will be there while Lithuania, Spain, Australia and Argentina are all staking a claim.