Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Croats in NBA: Bogdanović, Zubac, and Žižić Excellent for Teams

Bojan Bogdanović continued leading his Indiana Pacers with excellent form in the Eastern Conference before the playoffs.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Croats in NBA: Bogdanović with League's Top Scorers, Averaging 27.2 Points

29-year-old Bojan Bogdanović continues his thrilling NBA season for the Indiana Pacers and scored an average of 27.2 points in the last five games.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Croats in NBA: Bogdanović Explosive against Timberwolves, Sets Season-High

Bojan Bogdanović played the best match of the season and scored 37 points against Dario Šarić’s Minnesota Timberwolves. 

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 122:115 on Thursday night, though the real highlight of the win was Croatian player Bojan Bogdanovć, who scored 37 points (shots in play 13/22, three-pointers 4/7) and added seven rebounds and four assists, reports on March 1, 2019. 

Not even the brilliant evening of Karl-Anthony Towns who scored 42 points and 17 rebounds could help Minnesota, and Dario Šarić finished the game with seven points and eight rebounds.

“Everything we need is in the dressing room. We have been adapting throughout the season, as we are without certain players. We lost Oladipo at the beginning of the season and later for the whole year. Our coaches are doing a very good job of keeping the players ready for games and have managed to get wins. But we are still trying to figure out who we are,” said coach Nate McMillan after the game. 

The game was tied 107:107 with just under four minutes to go - and then Bogdanović created the momentum by hitting a three-pointer. Later, the Pacers ended the game with a series of 15-8, and Bogdanović scored 11 points in the last four minutes.

"It shows how physically strong we are and how mentally strong we are. We were without Domantas, but we did a great job at the beginning of the second quarter. Again, excellent performance and excellent team defense,” Bogdanović said

TJ Leaf scored a career-record of 18 points. Indiana recovered from 12-points behind early on and went into half-time with a score of 64:60. Thanks to Bogdanović, the Pacers secured the victory, and Bojan has thus extended his streak of 20-point-plus performances to three straight games. 

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Croats in NBA: Bogdanović Carries Pacers Again, Šarić and Zubac Solid

Bojan Bogdanović played another great game on Wednesday night and was the most effective in the defeat of his Indiana Pacers, while Dario Šarić and Ivica Zubac had a substantial impact for their NBA teams. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Croats in NBA: Bogdanović Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week!

A brilliant week for Bojan Bogdanović was crowned with a prestigious NBA honor. 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Ivica Zubac Makes Thrilling Debut for LA Clippers

Ivica Zubac made the Los Angeles Lakers realize what silly mistake they made by trading him for the LA Clippers this week after a thrilling debut for his new club. 

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Croats in NBA: Šarić, Žižić, Hezonja and Bender See Playing Time

Four Croatian basketball players appeared on the NBA court Friday night. The most efficient of them was Dario Šarić, who scored 9 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in the Minnesota Timberwolves defeat to New Orleans (117:122), reports HRT on February 9, 2019. 

The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis, who played after a three-week break and managed 32 points and nine rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 27 and Kenrich Williams 19. For Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns was again the best with 32 points. 

Mario Hezonja received excellent playing time for the New York Knicks against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons celebrated 120:103, though the Dubrovnik native scored eight points, with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. This was the 15th consecutive defeat for the Knicks. 

The winning team was led by Andre Drummond who scored 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin who managed 26. The best for the Knicks was Dennis Smith Jr. with 31 points.

Ante Žižić’s team also suffered a defeat. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost away in Washington 106:119. Žižić managed six points, one rebound, and one block. Bobby Portis was the most effective for Washington with 30 points, while Bradley Beal added 25 points and 13 assists. Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 27 and 24 points. 

Current champions the Golden State Warriors defeated the Suns in Phoenix 117:107, which is the 13th consecutive defeat for the Suns. Dragan Bender achieved only two points for the hosts but added six rebounds and five assists.

Klay Thompson led the winners with 25 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr. was the best for Phoenix with 25 points. 

Bojan Bogdanović’s Indiana Pacers will face Ante Žižić’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night in Indiana, while Ivica Zubac’s new team the LA Clippers will face the Boston Celtics away. 

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Croats in NBA: LA Lakers Trade Ivica Zubac to Clippers

Ivica Zubac is no longer a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Croats in NBA: Brilliant Bogdanović Leads Pacers to Another Victory

Bojan Bogdanović was the best scorer for the Indiana Pacers against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, while Dario Šarić played his best match in the Minnesota Timberwolves jersey. 

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Croats in NBA: Phenomenal Bogdanović Carries Indiana to Victory

NBA team the Indiana Pacers celebrated at home against the Miami Heat 95:88, though what made the Pacers’ victory so special is that Croatian player Bojan Bogdanović was the one to carry them, reports HRT on February 3, 2019. 

The 29-year-old from Mostar was the best scorer of the game, nailing 31 points (shots in play 13/19, three-pointers 3/7, free throws 2/2) and even collected seven rebounds, one steal, and one block. The Pacers have thus ended their negative series of four defeats and managed their first win after the All-Star player Victor Oladipo’s season-ending injury. Darren Collison followed Bogdanović on the Pacers with 20 points and six assists.

For the Heat, Hassan Whiteside achieved a double-double, scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade scored 21 points in 27 minutes.

The Los Angeles Lakers, whose jersey is worn by the young sensation Ivica Zubac, lost to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors 101:115. Our Croatian basketball star spent 26 minutes on the court and managed to score 10 points (shots in play 5/11), nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson (28 points), Kevin Durant (21 points, 11 assists) and DeMarcus Cousins (18 points, 10 rebounds). Brandon Ingram scored 20 points for the Lakers and Rajon Rondo scored 12 points with 11 assists.

Ante Žižić put in a modest eight points (shots in play 4/9) with six rebounds in Cleveland’s home defeat to the Dallas Mavericks 98:111. Once again, Slovenian player Luka Dončić was excellent for the Mavericks, scoring 35 points to equal his career record in the NBA league. He also collected 11 rebounds and six assists. The best for the Cavaliers was Jordan Clarkson who scored 19 points.

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Denver Nuggets 106:107, with Dario Šarić only scoring 6 points in 19 minutes on the court. Dragan Bender did not come off the bench for the Suns’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks. 

Mario Hezonja scored 10 points (shots in play 4/8, three-pointers 0/4) in the New York Knicks loss to the Boston Celtics. Hezonja also collected three rebounds, and two assists in his 22 minutes on the court. 

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