It was a big day for the Nets in FIBA play ... and it won't be over until Mason Plumlee and Team USA play Wednesday night.
in games in suburban Moscow and Badalona, Spain, Russia beat Switzerland, 101-56, in the third game of the FIBA Qualifying Tournament as Sergey Karasev came off the bench with 6:30 left in the first quarter and the game close. Karasev quickly put up eight straight points, on two three pointers and two free throws. When the 6'7" shooting guard entered the game, Russia was up 12-8. By the end of the quarter, the lead had ballooned to 30-20 and from there the rout was on.
Karasev finished with 14 in the first half, hitting all four of his three's. He played limited minutes in the second half with the lead approaching 50 points. He finished 4-of-6 from three, missing his only two pointer in the second. Russia had lost to Switzerland last week, with Karasev playing with a sore leg. In the interim, Clint Capela, a Rockets pick in this year's draft, dropped off the Swiss team.
Bojan Bogdanovic led Croatia to a surprising halftime lead over Spain in a friendly tournament, hitting 5-of-5 from the field and handing out two assists, But Spain locked down its defense and allowed Bogdanovic only three more points as Spain defeated Croatia, 82-64, as Spain's NBA frontcourt of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka combined for 42 points. Bogdanovic finished 7-of-12, but only 2-of-7 from deep. He had two rebounds and two assists.
In the same tournament, Ukraine, coached by Mike Fratello and the Nets new big man coach, Joe Wolf, overwhelmed Mexico and Jorge Gutierrez, 73-55. Gutierrez shot 1-of-6 from three, 3-of-10 overall and was dominated by Pooh Jeter. He finished with nine points, two rebounds, three assists ... and three turnovers.
On Thursday, Bogdanovic and Croatia will face off against Mexico and Gutierrez while Fratello's Ukraine will face Spain.
- Russia - Switzerland - FIBA Europe
Highlights: Russia vs Switzerland (Video) - FIBA Europe
- Burning Q's: What should Brooklyn Nets expect from Bojan Bogdanovic? - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York