With Bosnia up by three and staggering with 2:33 left, Mirza Teletovic took matters into his own hands Sunday, dropping a three pointer on Macedonia. It gave his team a cushion that helped them to their second win in four games. A number of things will have to go right elsewhere and Bosnia will have to upset Lithuania Monday for Teletovic to extend his stay in Slovenia, but for Sunday, he was the hero.
He wasn't the only Net to have a good day Sunday. Joe Prunty, the Nets new assistant, led Great Britain to its second upset, this time over Germany, 81-74. GB, who many thought wouldn't win a game in Eurobasket, is now 2-2. If Mike Fratello's Ukraine, 3-0, can upset France later Sunday, Prunty has a chance Monday to advance to the second round, but even if that happens, he'll have to outcoach Fratello. Great Britain and Ukraine face off Monday.
After shooting poorly his first three games, Teletovic finished with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting overall, and 4-of-8 from three, including a couple off fast breaks. He also grabbed seven rebounds. He's now averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in four games. His shooting raised his percentages a bit. In four games, he's now shooting 37.5 percent overall and 32.1 from three.
in the post-game, Teletovic talked about how he knows that he is not shooting or playing that well but that he's giving everything that he can, that he's trying to compensate with his defense and rebounding. He noted how he only played an average of nine minutes per game in 35 games for the Nets and it was hard to get in game shape in 30 days. At that point, his coach, Aco Petrovic, who had criticized his lack of preparation, kissed him.