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Basketball shooting robot can’t miss, steals show during USA vs France

JPN: United States v France Men's Basketball - Olympics: Day 2

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JULY 25: A robot plays basketball during halftime of the Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game between the United States and France on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Team USA could have used the robot down the stretch.

At halftime of France’s upset win against Team USA, a Japanese basketball shooting robot came out and took three shots — a free throw, a 3-pointer, and a half-court shot. And it couldn’t miss.

The robot has Kawhi Leonard-sized hands. Sure, it takes longer to get its shot off than Giannis Antetokounmpo at the free throw line, but if it goes in, who cares? That’s some pretty impressive technology. And shooting.

Which is a lot more than you could say for Team USA Sunday.