Luka Doncic, Slovenia defeat Germany to advance to Olympic semifinals, 94-70

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Doncic, Slovenia move into Olympic basketball semifinals

Yahoo News 02 August, 2021 - 09:49pm

Wins are all Doncic ever gets when he wears his country's uniform.

Doncic had 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Slovenia beat Germany 94-70 on Tuesday in the opening game of the men's quarterfinals.

Zoran Dragic got Slovenia off to a fast start by making his first six shots and finished 11 for 13 en route to his 27 points.

Doncic is the unquestioned star of the Slovenians — maybe of the entire basketball tournament. But all the attention he draws means opposing defenses have to leave other players open and Doncic is happy to give them the ball.

“He’s the team leader,” Dragic said. “We know that and we accept that, but we have so much weapons on our team and it’s easy to play with him because when he plays, like three guys have to guard him.”

Doncic wasn't sharp early in the 10 a.m. local start but picked it up in the second half with his scoring and playmaking to keep Germany from making any serious dent in Slovenia's lead.

The Slovenians will face either unbeaten France or Italy on Thursday in the semifinals.

They are 17-0 in competition with Doncic, now looking to add Olympic gold to the European championship they won in 2017.

“Great bunch of guys playing together. Great chemistry. There is no ego on the team,” Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic said. “There is no selfishness and they really play their hearts out every game.”

Slovenia won its group by outlasting world champion Spain 95-87 on Sunday to earn one of the top seeds, avoiding having to play the U.S., France or Australia until the semis.

But Germany was tough enough for a while, climbing back into it after Slovenia's fast start, before Doncic and his teammates pulled away for good early in the second half.

“Obviously they have one of the best players in the world but he’s not alone,” Germany coach Henrik Roedl

“When everyone else hits, it’s very difficult to play this team.”

Maodo Lo scored 11 points as Germany wrapped up its first Olympic appearance since 2008, when it was led by Dirk Nowitzki, Doncic's teammate his rookie season in Dallas.

Doncic was the leading scorer in the tournament with 28.3 points per game through the group stage. For the second straight game, he finished just shy of the first triple-double in the Olympics since LeBron James for the U.S. in 2012.

Both teams capitalized on last chances to qualify for the Olympics by winning two of the four qualifying tournaments that were held last month.

Slovenia has much bigger goals than just getting here.

Slovenia shot out to a 23-12 lead by making nine of its first 12 shots, with Dragic going 4 for 4. It was 25-14 after one, but Lo made three 3-pointers in a little over a minute midway through the second as Germany rallied to take a 32-31 edge.

Slovenia quickly regained the lead and took a 44-37 lead to the locker room when Dragic made a 3-pointer for the final basket of the half.

Dragic made another 3 to open the second half and pushed the lead back into double digits and it wasn't close again.

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Doncic, Slovenia move into Olympic basketball semifinals

The Dallas Morning News 02 August, 2021 - 09:49pm

Wins are all Doncic ever gets when he wears his country's uniform.

Doncic had 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Slovenia beat Germany 94-70 on Tuesday in the opening game of the men's quarterfinals.

Zoran Dragic got Slovenia off to a fast start by making his first six shots and finished 11 for 13 en route to his 27 points.

Doncic is the unquestioned star of the Slovenians — maybe of the entire basketball tournament. But all the attention he draws means opposing defenses have to leave other players open and Doncic is happy to give them the ball.

“He’s the team leader,” Dragic said. “We know that and we accept that, but we have so much weapons on our team and it’s easy to play with him because when he plays, like three guys have to guard him.”

Doncic wasn't sharp early in the 10 a.m. local start but picked it up in the second half with his scoring and playmaking to keep Germany from making any serious dent in Slovenia's lead.

The Slovenians will face either unbeaten France or Italy on Thursday in the semifinals.

They are 17-0 in competition with Doncic, now looking to add Olympic gold to the European championship they won in 2017.

“Great bunch of guys playing together. Great chemistry. There is no ego on the team,” Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic said. “There is no selfishness and they really play their hearts out every game.”

Slovenia won its group by outlasting world champion Spain 95-87 on Sunday to earn one of the top seeds, avoiding having to play the U.S., France or Australia until the semis.

But Germany was tough enough for a while, climbing back into it after Slovenia's fast start, before Doncic and his teammates pulled away for good early in the second half.

“Obviously they have one of the best players in the world but he’s not alone,” Germany coach Henrik Roedl

“When everyone else hits, it’s very difficult to play this team.”

Maodo Lo scored 11 points as Germany wrapped up its first Olympic appearance since 2008, when it was led by Dirk Nowitzki, Doncic's teammate his rookie season in Dallas.

Doncic was the leading scorer in the tournament with 28.3 points per game through the group stage. For the second straight game, he finished just shy of the first triple-double in the Olympics since LeBron James for the U.S. in 2012.

Both teams capitalized on last chances to qualify for the Olympics by winning two of the four qualifying tournaments that were held last month.

Slovenia has much bigger goals than just getting here.

Slovenia shot out to a 23-12 lead by making nine of its first 12 shots, with Dragic going 4 for 4. It was 25-14 after one, but Lo made three 3-pointers in a little over a minute midway through the second as Germany rallied to take a 32-31 edge.

Slovenia quickly regained the lead and took a 44-37 lead to the locker room when Dragic made a 3-pointer for the final basket of the half.

Dragic made another 3 to open the second half and pushed the lead back into double digits and it wasn't close again.

More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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Slovenia vs. Germany: Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch Luka Doncic, men’s basketball at 2021 Olympics

MassLive.com 02 August, 2021 - 03:16pm

It’s Slovenia vs. Germany Monday night in the quarterfinals as we’ll get our next chance to see just how far Luka Doncic can carry his nation’s squad in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old Dallas Mavericks star has been the standout player of the tournament so far, leading Slovenia through an undefeated run in group play. Now, it’s the knockout round as one of the surprise teams of the tournament. Outside of Doncic, there’s not a ton of NBA brand recognition. The German squad features just two players on NBA rosters (the Wizards’ Isaac Bonga, the Magic’s Moritz Wagner) while the Slovenian squad features on NBA player outside of Doncic, the Nuggets’ Vlatko Cancar. Monday night’s game will not be broadcast live on TV. Instead, fans can watch the coverage live by streaming via Peacock. Meanwhile, delayed coverage will be available via USA Network and fuboTV (free trial).

When does the game start live? When will it replay? Monday night’s game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m. EST and will air exclusively on Peacock. The game will also be shown as a delayed broadcast at 11 p.m. EST on USA Network.

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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luka Doncic’s first Olympics have not been perfect, despite what the basketball standings say. He was defeated. Once. By the rules.

Doncic was looking for tickets to go watch men’s tennis when Novak Djokovic was playing in the men’s semifinals. Ordinarily, the world’s top athletes have no problem getting into other Olympic events when their schedules allow. But at the Tokyo Games, amid a pandemic, there are very strict policies about what athletes can do and where they can go. As such, Doncic’s plea for tickets went unfulfilled.

He settled for watching “everything on TV,” Doncic said.

Another marquee event is coming up Tuesday, that being the men’s basketball quarterfinals at the Tokyo Games. Doncic won’t have tickets to those, but won’t need them, either. He’ll be on the court when Slovenia takes on Germany for a berth in the medal round, a step that would put his basketball-crazed homeland even more on the sport’s map and potentially send his stock soaring even higher.

“We have, obviously, the best player in the world,” Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic said.

Doncic is certainly in the conversation about being the world’s best. As far as being the best player in the Tokyo Games, there’s no argument.

Through the group stage, Doncic led the Olympic men’s field in scoring at 28.3 points per game, 6.0 points ahead of Japan’s Rui Hachimura. He’s second in rebounding at 10.7 per game, behind only Slovenian teammate Mike Tobey’s 13 per contest. And he’s third in assists at 7.0 per game; Tomas Satoransky of the Czech Republic averaged 8.7, Spain’s Ricky Rubio is averaging 7.3.

No men’s player has ever finished an Olympics averaging Doncic’s current numbers. And nobody has averaged 28.3 points in an Olympics since Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt — the Olympic standard for just about every men’s scoring mark — averaged 42.3 per game at Seoul in 1988.

“We’re making history for our country,” Doncic said.

His impact is all over the court.

Nobody in this men’s tournament has drawn more fouls, by a wide margin, than Doncic. He’s also tied for the Olympic lead in blocked shots, is shooting a ridiculous 75% on 2-pointers, is one of five players in the Olympics with at least 10 makes so far on 3-pointers. He had a 48-point Olympic debut, tying him for the second-highest scoring game in Olympic history, and was one assist shy on Sunday against Spain from posting what would have been the third triple-double ever at a games.

“He is the best player in the world, including the NBA,” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. “If there was any doubt in my mind, it is there no more.”

For as good as Doncic is with the Dallas Mavericks, he’s been impossible to beat in his nation’s colors.

Slovenia’s senior team is 16-0 with Doncic in the lineup. He was a teenager on the team that captured the European championship in 2017 behind Goran Dragic’s MVP performance, a win that remains, for now anyway, the top achievement in Slovenia’s basketball history. Dragic insisted — not predicted — when that tournament was over that Doncic would be an NBA “superstar.”

“They could win this,” Dragic said earlier in these Olympics, watching from his Slovenia home.

Slovenia surrounded Doncic for these Olympics, and the six-team qualifier it had to win last month just to get to Tokyo, with plenty of shooters who space the floor for his game and a big man like Tobey — who played at Virginia — to provide the inside help needed. The formula has worked all summer; Slovenia is 7-0 with an average winning margin of 26.4 points per game.

A win over Germany on Tuesday, and they’re in the medal round in their debut Olympics.

“Playing with him is just amazing,” Tobey said. “He’s so talented. At this type of basketball, maybe every type of basketball, he’s the best in the world. I don’t know what he does. You try not to be in awe too much.”

The U.S. came to Tokyo with 12 NBA players, a past MVP and NBA Finals MVP in Kevin Durant, seven players who have played for an NBA title, five of them who have actually won championships. Top to bottom, the talent the Americans have overshadows every team, Slovenia included.

But Doncic grew up playing the international style, obviously. He knows how the game is called. He knows the nuances. He’s used to playing with a ball that differs from the feel and bounce of the NBA ball. For him, the transition between playing for Dallas and playing for his country has been seamless. Not every NBA standout in Tokyo can say the same.

“Luka Doncic is one of the best four or five players in the world right now,” Japan coach Julio Lamas said. “But he plays very comfortably in FIBA with the spacing and the rules. Some other NBA players feel uncomfortable sometimes in FIBA. He don’t. He is excellent in all the game situations.”

Doncic wants no part of the best-player conversation. He won’t even discuss an offseason of change with the Mavericks — Jason Kidd taking over for Rick Carlisle as coach, changes in the front office, changes to the roster — until the Olympics are over. He’s locked in solely on playing for gold, nothing else.

Besides, he doesn’t need to rave about his own play. Everyone else already is doing that for him.

“I’m happy that I can witness and play with him,” said Slovenia guard Zoran Dragic, Goran Dragic’s brother. “He’s such an awesome guy and it’s so easy to play with him, because he’s just an unbelievable person and basketball player. Yeah, we can be all happy that he’s Slovenian.”

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