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Mavericks: Boban Marjanovic displays range as Serbia tops Puerto Rico

Dallas Mavericks Boban Marjanovic (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Boban Marjanovic (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks will try to convince Boban Marjanovic to sign a new contract this offseason. The 7’4 big man is an unrestricted free agent and figures to have plenty of suitors. Can the Mavs convince him playing next to Luka Doncic is the best place for him? It is one of the many storylines fans will be following this offseason.

Before he dives into his free agency, Marjanovic is trying to lead Serbia to the Olympics. They are hosting one of the four qualifying tournaments. The knockout phase began on Saturday. Serbia faced a tough Puerto Rico squad in a must-win game.

Boban made some key plays to lift Serbia into the finals, including showcasing his shooting range. Here is a closer look at his performance before shifting focus to Sunday’s game with a place in Tokyo on the line.

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Dallas Mavericks big man Boban Marjanovic shows off range in Serbia win

Marjanovic started his third straight game in Serbia’s toughest test yet. Puerto Rico did not give an inch to the heavily favored home team. They were playing with energy and hustling all over the floor. Boban was left wide open in the corner, and he made the defense pay for it in the second quarter.

Marjanovic was coming off a monster double-double against the Philippines, but Saturday was not his best game. Puerto Rico was playing small and running. Bobi still managed to have five points, five rebounds, and one steal in 15.6 minutes of action. Serbia dominated the fourth quarter to secure the 102-84 victory over Puerto Rico.

The win puts Serbia into Sunday’s final against Italy. Boban Marjanovic will be facing his Dallas Mavericks teammate Nicolo Melli with a spot in the Olympics on the line. The game tips off at 1:20 p.m. local time in Dallas on July 4. Expect a massive performance from Boban in the final. Will it be enough to put Serbia into the Olympics? Stay tuned to find out.

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