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Evan Fournier struggles to get off the bench

France has performed about as you would expect in the very difficult Group A.

The defending Eurobasket champions lost to Brazil, somewhat surprisingly in the opener, before stealing a win from the free throw line against Croatia and then blowing out the overmatched Egypt by 30-plus points. Group A has the day off Tuesday before France takes on host Spain tomorrow.

Magic fans, and head coach Jacque Vaughn (who is in attendance in Spain for support and for scouting), are keeping an eye on France guard Evan Fournier.

Well, there is not a whole lot to watch. Fournier has logged only 37 total minutes in three games and he scored all nine of his points so far in the blowout win over Egypt, making four of nine shots. Two of those came in transition, one off a nice steal in the open court for a runout dunk.

Fournier has yet to hit a 3-poitner though and yet to find much of a rhythm. He is 4 for 14 overall from the floor for the three games.

Again, it is hard to blame him too much. Fournier is coming off the bench right now and is struggling to crack a more veteran rotation.

What will be important for Fournier as group play concludes is that he keeps playing his role. Providing solid defense and making shots when they come. He is completing half of that right now. His role for the moment is to come off the bench and provide solid minutes where he can.

France has a pretty big game against Spain on Wednesday. It will likely determine who wins the group — or could throw it into complete chaos and down to the last day.

Fournier can turn around an invisible three games with a big performance on the big stage against Spain.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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