Mirza Teletovic and Bojan Bogdanovic both finished on the losing end of the boxscore Wednesday in the opening round of Eurobasket, but the big winner may have been Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty, the head coach of Great Britain who led the Brits to an upset over Israel.
Teletovic finished with 18 and 8, but shot only 6-of-17, including 1-of-4 from deep vs. Latvia. Teletovic appeared slow and a bit out ot it. However, he noted a few days ago that he's only 50 percent after getting kick to his quadriceps muscle during a "friendly" game in Germany 10 days ago. Latvia's 86-75 win was seen as an upset.
Bogdanovic fared little better. His Croatian team was devastated by Spain, 68-40. Bogdanovic was the only Croatian in double figures with 12 points, shooting 4-for-15, including six missed three-pointers without a make. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Rudy Fernandez led Spain with 15. Spain features four current NBA players: Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol and Victor Claver plus Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez, both of whom played in the U.S.
The biggest upset of the day was engineered by Prunty. The Britons beat Israel, 75-71, in overtime. Kyle Johnson, a 6'4" Canadian-Briton, led GB with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Johnson played his college ball at LIU - Brooklyn and currently plays professionally in Italy. Great Britain is without NBA players Luol Deng, Ben Gordon and Joel Freeland, all of whom has competed under the British flag in the past.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys battled," said Prunty of the British team that lost all six of their "friendly" games. "Our players stayed composed under difficult circumstances. Of course our assists could be higher and our turnovers lower but we shared the ball better, attacked better, and that growth is what you want to see."
- Game Report: Latvia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - FIBA Europe
- Game Report: Spain - Croatia - FIBA Europe
- Game Report: Israel - Great Britain - FIBA Europe
- FIBA EuroBasket 2013 - Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets' Joe Prunty steps into spotlight for Great Britain - Mark Woods - ESPN