Despite totaling a triple-double of 21 points, 10 assists, and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes of play, Luka Doncic and the Slovenian national team suffered at the hands of defeat to Greece today in Ljubljana.
They now move to 1-1 in preparation games ahead of the World Cup tournament, which kicks off for Slovenia on August 26th against Venezuela.
Luka Doncic didn't play in Slovenia's first exhibition game against China on July 25 but has been prepping with the national team ever since ahead of the World Cup.
Breaking down Luka Doncic's dazzling triple-double against Greece
Doncic is poised to play in all five of Slovenia's remaining preparation games, which will include another game on the road against Greece on August 4th, as well as an intriguing game versus the United States in Spain on August 12th.
Giannis Antetokounmpou sat out the game as he is recovering from injury in preliminary games thus far, but his brother Thanasis made a notable impact on the game defensively, as he pestered Slovenia with his length on switches as well as through ball screens.
He even stripped Doncic for a break-away dunk in the 3rd quarter.
On the other side of the ball, Greece rode the coattails of hot perimeter spot-up shooting from former NBA player Kostas Papanikolaou as he chipped in 19 points, virtually all from distance.
Savvy shot creation in mismatches and pick-and-roll scenarios from naturalized citizen Thomas Walkup helped Greece pull away down the stretch, as it became very clear that the current Slovenian roster may not have the length defensively to be as good as Mavs fans had become accustomed to them being over the last couple years.
Slovenia was without Luka's fellow NBA Slovenian confidant Goran Dragic, as he has no plans to play at the World Cup this year.
6-foot-10 pick and roll/pop threat Mike Tobey is also still waiting to join the national team. Slovenian head coach Aleksander Sekulic will have to decide between him and current big Jordan Morgan, as FIBA rule prohibits more than one naturalized citizen from playing for a country at a given time.
Slovenia's roster could still change around the margins before World Cup play locks in on August 25th. However, they'll need Tobey's presence down low as they are extremely thin size-wise across the board.