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Mirza Teletovic explodes for 27 in "friendly" vs. Greece

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Greece is looked upon as one of the top teams in Eurobasket, but in a "friendly" game Saturday, Mirza Teletovic shredded the Greek defense, hitting 7-of-10 from deep, 10-of-13 overall. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked four shots and had one assist. Bosnia won its second straight in the Supercup competition in Neu-Ulm, Germany, after ditching the host nation's team Friday. In that game, Teletovic had 26 and nine.

The 6'9" Teletovic moved outside in Saturday's game. After opening slowly vs. Germany, missing his first three shots from deep, Teletovic scored eight point in the first five minutes vs. Greece. He was guarded by Kostas Papanikoloau, one of Europe's top young defenders and a Rockets Euro-Stash. Nihad Djedovic, Bosnia's 6'6" combo guard, finished with 19.

Although he's playing vs. lesser talent, Teletovic is showing, in the words of a Nets insider,  "a lot more skill than we saw last year." In particular, Teletovic has moved well without the ball, as both American point guard Zach Wright and Djedovic have repeatedly found him wide open.

Once again, Teletovic, the Bosnia team captain, posted a congratulatory tweet. Bosnia plays Macedonia with high scoring Bo McCalebb, one of the best American players in Europe, on Sunday.

Meanwhile in Istanbul, Bojan Bogdanovic had as bad a game as Teletovic played well. He took only one shot, missed it and scored only one point in 29 minutes. Croatia lost to Turkey. The coach told media post-game that he didn't allow some players to play to their full capability because they are too valuable, that he is afraid of injuries in the "friendly" games, which are often more tightly scheduled than Eurobasket games, which begin in 10 days.

  • Boxscore - FIBA Europe