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Draw for the 2019 WC: The Greek national team will play in Group F with Brazil, Montenegro and New Zealand. The top two teams of each group advance to the last 16, with the teams from Greece

Have you guys heard that Australia beat USA 98-94 like a week ago? That snapped USA's 78-game winning streak since the famous Greece victory in World Championship 2006 in the semifinals. I looked at t

These 12 were selected: Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο, Θανάσης Αντετοκούνμπο, Νικ Καλάθης, Βαγγέλης Μάντζαρης, Γιαννούλης Λαρεντζάκης, Κώστας Σλούκας, Ιωάννης Παπαπέτρου, Κώστας Παπανικολάου, Γιώργος Πρί

Greece were outplayed bc of scheme.  The US used 2, even 3 guys to guard Giannis and we couldn't adjust.   We started out great, but it just fizzled - can't keep that up for the entire game.  Also, it seems that Giannis is given a breather every two minutes.

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3 minutes ago, Brklyngrk said:

Greece were outplayed bc of scheme.  The US used 2, even 3 guys to guard Giannis and we couldn't adjust.   We started out great, but it just fizzled - can't keep that up for the entire game.  Also, it seems that Giannis is given a breather every two minutes.

Any team will keep putting 3 or more defenders on Yiannis as long we we are shooting 20% or less

The key for Greece (and the Bucks) is dropping in shots from outside the paint which will force the defense to open up and then Yiannis will be unleashed. In the 1st Qtr against USA Greece were shooting well, and we kept the score close, and Yiannis played well and when he did most of his damage in that game. Then in the 2nd quarter nothing seemed to sink and before you know it, Yiannis (our only threat at that point) is just taken out of the game.

 

The Bucks had this exact problem in the playoffs

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I would not call it a nothing basketball country. They have 12 medals (1 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze) medals in Euro basket competitions and more Olympic appearances than Greece. 

Still that does not excuse our failure at this competition. The difference is the Czechs played as a team and we didn't relying on the talents of one player.

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Even with the let down against Brazil, it was still so close in the end to advancing.  Down to free throws.  It's disappointing.

Hopefully they learned what works and what doesn't for Olympics in 2 years time.  Assuming the full team will be back..

Just wasn't our tournament. 

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15 hours ago, HellasLEAF said:

Even with the let down against Brazil, it was still so close in the end to advancing.  Down to free throws.  It's disappointing.

Hopefully they learned what works and what doesn't for Olympics in 2 years time.  Assuming the full team will be back..

Just wasn't our tournament. 

We need to go through a tournament to qualify for the Olympics. 

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It wasn't our tournament but at same time I have doubts that there will ever be a tourney where Greece would have been set up for an easier path to Gold.... especially with Serbia losing today. This one hurts. 

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