Slovenia v Australia Live
Without any doubts, Goran Dragic and company got off to an excellent start as they were only defeated by the United States in the group stage. Thus, Slovenia will face Patrick Mills and the Australian team in Istanbul on Sunday at 3 p.m. GMT.
Similarly, Australia also played some solid basketball in the absence of NBA star Andrew Bogut from the Milwaukee Bucks. More precisely, coach Brett Brown's squad came alarmingly close to beating Argentina in a highly contested 74-72 loss. Likewise, the Aussies showed an excellent performance at both ends of the floor in their 78-43 blowout win versus Germany and should not be underestimated in the elimination stage. Most importantly, point guard Patrick Mills from the Portland Trail Blazers is enjoying an excellent tournament so far, averaging 14 points and 4.4 assists per game. Furthermore, David Andersen from the Toronto Raptors is providing the team with an excellent option in the low-post area, putting up 11 points and 8 rebounds per contest.
Slovenia on the other hand has shown that they can certainly be considered a medal contender as the team around Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns has impressed fans around the world with its strong performance in the group stage. In fact, the team had no trouble overcoming Brazil and Croatia despite combo guard Beno Udrih from the Sacramento Kings being sidelined by an injury. Especially Slovenia's 91-84 win versus their rivals from Croatia provided the squad of coach Mehmed Becirovic with plenty of self-esteem heading into the elimination round. So far, point guard Goran Dragic has led Slovenia's offense, averaging no less than 13 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Taking everything into consideration, Slovenia looks like the slightly better overall team but will most likely have to bring its A-game to overcome a highly motivated squad from Australia.
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Tags: Goran Dragic, Australia, Milwaukee Bucks, Beno Udrih, Slovenia
Posted: 5th September 2010
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