Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia) poses for a photo with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick to the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Serbia falls to Spain, faces tough opening World Cup bracket

The Group of Death of basketball proved painful to Serbia, which fell to 2-3 in Group A play in an 89-73 loss to Spain on Thursday. The good news is that such a 2-3 record was still enough — with Iran and Egypt sinking to the bottom of the group quickly — for a fourth-place finish, which advances Serbia into the 16-team tournament bracket.

On the bad side of things, Serbia’s finish behind Spain, Brazil and France puts them in a tough opening-round matchup with a Greek squad that won all five games in Group B.

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic scored eight points on 3-for-7 shooting and dolled out four assists against a talented Spanish team on Thursday. At the end of group play, the 22-year-old is averaging 9.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. He’s been a versatile player for Serbia but not of the go-to sort. As one of the bigger perimeter threats on his squad, it could be necessary for him to pull out all the stops on Sunday against a Greek squad that features Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes and Milwaukee Bucks youngster Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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