EuroBasket 2013: Goran Dragic, Slovenia upset Italy

Goran Dragic and the Slovenians aren’t messing around. And with a win against previously undefeated Italy on Thursday to open second-round action at EuroBasket 2013, they proved they’re for real.

Dragic scored 22 points on 6-for-15 shooting and also divvied out six dimes in an 84-77 win against San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli and Italy. Arguably, it was Dragic’s best game yet. Though his inefficiencies came through once again, he was in pure attack mode, getting to the foul stripe 10 times and scoring eight point from there. And he certainly made sure that the ball was in his hands in a pivotal fourth quarter.

Belinelli struggled for Italy and hit only one of his first 11 shots. He finished with 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting and Detroit Pistons free agent signing Luigi Datome led the Italians with 16. Italy was 5-0 heading into second-round play and were the only team without a loss in either Group E or Group F.

Earlier in the day, Spain lost in more surprising fashion to Greece. Now, it appears Croatia — the only team that has beaten Slovenia — is the favorite of the group. Slovenia will face Greece this weekend and finish the second round against Finland. That means the worst is over for Slovenia, and Dragic might be seeing less and less playing time if his teammates continue to give him the type of support they did on Thursday.

Goran’s brother, Zoran, added 15 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, Slovenia outrebounded their opponents by 15 while scoring 46 points in the paint to just 22 for Italy.

Kravtsov and Ukraine fall to Latvia

Slava Kravtsov is the only other Phoenix Suns player remaining in EuroBasket, and he scored seven points to go with six rebounds in an 85-51 loss to Latvia on Wednesday. Kravtsov went 3-for-10 from the floor — fair considering his team only shot 30 percent as well — and only 1-for-6 from the foul stripe.

  • frenchysunsfan

    Let’s sign Zoran Dragic to play at SF.
    The good thing with Goran is that he plays better against good teams (Spain, Italy). I just hope he won’t be too tired to start the season.
    I watched Kravtsov a few times, I think he can be a good back-up to Len. He’s quick for his size, always looking to get the ball in offense, he’s tough and rebounds quite well.
    On the other hand, he’s weak on his left hand and he makes too much fouls but at least he’s a hard defender.

  • Scott

    I’d prefer Zoran at SG, due to his size. He’d be a great backup if Goodwin was starting.

  • Scott

    BTW, not only have the Suns expressed interest in PG Royal Ivey, but they will also check out D-League PG James Nunnally.

    “After finishing up with the Spurs, Nunnally will hit the road for a mini-tryout tour of sorts. He’s set to participate in workouts with the Phoenix Suns later this week, and tryouts with both the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will follow.”

  • Elviro (Italy)

    Hello guys,
    I saw the match Slovenia-Italy of course to cheer for my national team but also to see our Goran Dragic action.
    I must say that the game was beautiful and fought even though the arena was all for Slovenes, we are left attached to the game until the end.
    In the decisive moments to even the score, however, we made ??a few wrong choices …
    There is to say, however, that the Italian national team is going beyond the most optimistic expectations if you think that people are out to accidents as Gallinari, Bargnani, Hackett, Mancinelli and Lilies: all players who could have been protagonists in blue and especially they could get us a few inches under the basket …. which is the biggest flaw of our national team!
    Just the extra inches made ??the difference with Slovenia that has dominated in rebounding and painted.
    Regarding the performance of the individual to Italy played poorly while Belinelli did a great performance Gentile (although he made ??the wrong choice when Italy could go -2 … trying a triple in transition … sbagliandola but … the boy was playing great and had confidence …. we tried!) and Datome (how many “reports” in his favor I have done on this blog before the prendessoro the Pistons!).
    Keep an eye: will hear about it!
    For the good performance of the brothers Slovenia Dragic Goran has often attacked the basket and was decisive but also Zoran made ??a great game!

  • Joe

    How can Slovenia “upset” Italy when Slovenia was favored to win. It was a good game.