Suns point guard Goran Dragic was representing Slovenia in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey before his team fell to Suns teammate Hedo Turkoglu and Turkey in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Take a look at Dragic’s play in the tournament by reading below.
Sept. 8- Although Slovenia proved to be a tough opponent throughout the 2010 FIBA World Championships, the team that earned that reputation was nowhere to be found against Turkey in the quarterfinals.
Turkey, which took a 19-point lead heading into the half, steamrolled to a 95-68 victory over Slovenia on Wednesday. The win moved host-country Turkey to a perfect 7-0 in the tournament.
Turkish captain and Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu posted 10 points, seven assists and four rebounds on the night, while Suns guard Goran Dragic struggled, totaling just five points and three assists on 1-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes.
For the tournament, Dragic finished second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), first in assists (4.0 apg) and fourth in rebounding (3.6 rpg). Populated by only two million people, Slovenia concluded the tournament 5-2, falling only to Turkey and the United States.
Turkey, on the other hand, will head into the semifinals to face Serbia, which knocked off Spain on Wednesday. Serbia is 6-1 thus far.
Sept. 5- In the round of 16 of the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Slovenia routed Australia 87-58 on Sunday. Goran Dragic was one of three Slovenian players in double figures, contributing 10 points.
Dragic told FIBA.com, “It’s a fantastic feeling to have made it to the quarterfinals of the competition. We have worked so hard to arrive here and I think we did a great job today. We came out very strong, executed well and kept our focus from start to finish.”
The Suns playmaker also added a game-high eight assists to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Slovenia will now face Turkey and Dragic’s new teammate, Hedo Turkoglu, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Sept. 2- In Slovenia’s final game of group play, Goran Dragic scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds as his country captured a 65-60 victory over Iran on Thursday. Dragic shot 7-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 from downtown.
The victory allows Slovenia to advance further in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Dragic and Co. finished 4-1 in group play, only falling to the U.S.
Slovenia will face the third place team from Group A. As it stands, it looks as if that team will be Australia.
Sept. 1- With only one loss to the U.S., Slovenia knocked off their next-toughest foe in Group B with an 80-77 victory over Brazil on Wednesday. Suns point guard Goran Dragic collected 10 points and two rebounds, while Jaka Lakovic paced Slovenia with 20 points.
Slovenia moves to 3-1, just one game behind the U.S. and poised to advance past the preliminary round. Currently, Dragic is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 a game.
Slovenia wraps up group play on Thursday when it faces Iran.
August 30- After suffering their first loss of the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey to the United States, Slovenia rebounded on Monday to earn a 91-84 victory over Croatia.
Suns playmaker Goran Dragic recovered from a poor night of shooting against the U.S., returning to the world-class form he showed during the 2010 NBA Playoffs and summer exhibitions. Dragic shot 5-of-10 from the floor to total 14 points, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.
The 6-3 guard also recorded four rebounds and four assists. Former Raptors guard Uros Slokar tallied 15 points for Slovenia, which moved to 2-1 with the win. Slovenia sits just behind undefeated U.S. and Brazil in Group B play.
August 29- In their second game of the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Slovenia drew the good fortune of running into a red-hot United States team, falling 99-77 to the reigning Olympic champions.
Suns guard Goran Dragic managed only seven points and four assists on 2-of-8 shooting, while also turning the ball over three times. Slovenia was only able to register two players in double figures, while the United States saw five players hit double figures, led by Kevin Durant’s 22 points.
Durant shot 8-of-13 from the floor, collecting four rebounds, four assists and four steals along the way. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love added 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Memphis forward Rudy Gay poured in 16 points in 15 minutes.
August 28- 2010 FIBA World Championships action tipped off this past weekend in Turkey, with world basketball bragging rights on the line. The Suns feature two of their players in the competition, with Goran Dragic running the show for Slovenia and Hedo Turkoglu representing the host country.
In Slovenia’s first matchup against Tunisia on Saturday, Dragic propelled his squad to an easy 80-56 victory, leading his team in both points (16) and assists (eight). Dragic shot 6-of-9 from the floor, while also adding five rebounds.
Former NBA forward Bostjan Nachbar added 14 points and six boards. Slovenia, which sits in Group B along with the US, Brazil, Croatia, Iran and Tunisia, faces the United States on Sunday.