Following a 98-91 loss to Greece, where Luka Doncic posted an immaculate 21 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds, it was still clear that Slovenia would need more than Doncic's presence to compete against other international competition.
Luckily for Doncic and Slovenia, they have a second crack at beating a Greece opponent that toppled over them just a couple of nights ago. Not to mention, it was also a preparation match for the FIBA World Cup, which tips off on Friday, August 25.
So what exactly can Doncic and Slovenia do to bounce back and beat Greece this time around?
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For starters, we can expect to see the famed "Skinny Luka" put on another spectacular performance in just his second competitive basketball game since the controversial April 7 affair when the Mavericks decided to throw in the towel.
However, for Slovenia, they will need to rely on more than just Doncic to beat Greece. Guys like sharpshooter Vlatko Cancar, an NBA champion with the Denver Nuggets, and former NBA veteran guard Zoran Dragic, will need to make more of an impact if Slovenia is poised to make a late tournament run.
Nonetheless, even after posting a 21-point triple-double, Doncic will be expected to clean up an inefficient 5/13 from the field in his previous game if Slovenia.
Defensively, Slovenia will need to attempt to contain the likes of former NBA journeyman Kostas Papanikolaou, who led Greece in scoring with 19 points, mainly due to his elite sharpshooting ability, and former Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack, Thomas Walkup, who recently became a naturalized Greek citizen.
Mavs fans should expect to see a motivated Slovenian squad as they previously lost at home in the aforementioned game against Greece.
Greece, however, will continue to look for ways to win without their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is unfortunately out due to an offseason surgery.
Slovenia's match against Greece is on August 4, and make sure to stay tuned in for the rest of their preparatory matches, as they'll also square off against Team USA and Japan. It should be a fun slate of games to keep up with.