Slovenia v Croatia Live
Without any doubts, anything else than advancing to the elimination round would be a huge disappointment for Croatia as the team is under considerable pressure after finishing 6th at the 2009 FIBA Eurobasket and 2008 Olympics. Thus, the Croatian national team will face Goran Dragic and Slovenia in Istanbul on Monday at 1:30 p.m. GMT.
After making it all the way to the semi-finals at the last FIBA Eurobasket, Slovenia is hoping for another strong performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. However, the team around Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns is in a fairly tough group that also includes the United States, Brazil and Croatia. Therefore, a win versus their rivals from Croatia is absolutely essential in order to secure a decent seed for the subsequent elimination stage. Unfortunately, Slovenia will have to play without some of its NBA stars like Beno Udrih from the Sacramento Kings and Sasha Vujacecic from the Los Angeles Lakers. Nonetheless, the squad of coach Memi Bec(irovic' still features many talented players such as Bostjan Nachbar from Efes Pilsen and Primoz Brezec from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Croatia on the other hand is counting on a group of players very familiar with each other as the majority plays for either KK Cibona or KK Zagreb. That said, well-known international players such as Zoran Planinic from BC Khimki and former NBA guard Roko Ukic can be expected to provide some more scoring down the stretch and will most likely make the Croatian team a very tough side to beat. Ultimately, Slovenia and Croatia could find themselves on a fairly level playing field as both teams should have very little trouble finding the basket and have plenty of perimeters players who can shoot from beyond the arc. Either way, basketball fans can expect a contested game when the two rivals from the Adriatic Sea face each other on Monday afternoon.
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Tags: Goran Dragic, Slovenia, Beno Udrih, Croatia, NBA live
Posted: 30th August 2010
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