Andrea Bargnani's Italy and Bojan Bogdanovic's Croatia remain undefeated in Eurobasket friendlies following victories in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Bremen, Germany. Both Nets played limited minutes in blowout wins.
Early in the day, Bogdanovic scored only three points on 1-of-6 shooting --his second straight bad shooting performance-- as Croatia beat Germany, 80-63. The Germans have three NBA players -- Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks, Dennis Schroder of the Hawks and rookie Tibor Pleiss of the Jazz -- on their roster, but the Croatians dominated. In a tweet, Bogdanovic mentioned only the team achievement.
[Germany vs Croatia 63:80] Great team effort. We played hard defense and extremely fluid offense. Our fourth win in a row. #EuroBasket2015— Bojan Bogdanovic (@44Bojan) August 16, 2015
Bargnani scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting, 1-of-3 from deep as Italy overwhelmed Gerogia, 87-67, in the Tblisi City Hall Cup, a friendly tournament that had Italy play -- and win -- three games in three days. Bargnani was up against Zaza Pachulia, who scored 21 to lead Georgia. Toko Shengelia, the ex-Net, isn't playing for Georgia this summer. In his post-game tweet, Bargnani called the game "a beautiful team victory."
(By the way, we nominate Bargnani's Twitter background for the coolest among Nets players: a montage of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Brooklyn Bridge. Bargnani also has the most Twitter followers -- 327,601 -- of any Nets player.)