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Luka Doncic: ‘A long and tiring season is behind me’

After playing more than 100 games since the start of the World Cup last year before the NBA Finals season with the Mavericks, Doncic has understandably expressed that he is “very tired,” and now he will get a chance to rest. However, he is looking forward to competing in next summer’s EuroBasket, which is in late August to early September, a much later tournament than the Olympic qualifiers that opened on July 2. “The long and tiring season is behind me. I admit that I am very tired, and at the same time, I realize that I can give myself more in a different situation,” Doncic admitted. “Now I have a well-deserved rest waiting for me, and next year, I will have a new campaign for the national team in the European Championship.”
Source: Sports Matters

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Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer

Dejounte Murray stats via @johnschuhmann:
Murray, Jokic, Doncic only #NBA players to average 20-5-6 in each of the past 3 seasons
Murray, Booker, Durant, Embiid only 45%+ players on 250+ mid-range shots each of last 2 seasons
Murray among 8 players with 100+ clutch pts in last 2 seasons – 8:07 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Luka Garza for two years, $4.51 million, including a Year 2 team option, league sources told @hoopshype. PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

Luka Doncic is Dirk Nowitzki’s heir apparent in more ways than one #FIBAOQT

Angry and deflated, Luka went to Greece because he couldn’t bring down his favorite team Slovenia and shine.… – 6:16 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

After losing in the semi-finals to #FIBAQT hosts Piraeus, Luka Doncic spoke highly of the Greek team.
“They have an amazing team. Obviously, they have Giannis, but all the pieces are also very important, and they’re really well coached. “… – 5:30 p.m

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

Luka Doncic gave Vassilis Spanoulis his son’s game-worn shoes
The legacy lives on #FIBAOQT (📹via @kzs_si) PM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Luka Doncic and Vassilis Spanoulis have a quick chat after Greece’s win #FIBAOQT 🫶 PM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Luka Doncic made 🔟 changes in defeat to Greece 😳 #FIBAOQT PM


Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece knocks out Luka Doncic, Slovenia in Olympic qualifying semifinals… – 12:33 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

Slovenia has been eliminated from the Olympic race. The good news in Canada is that it will avoid Luke in its team. The bad news is that Giannis/Greece are still playing. They will face either DR or Croatia in Paris tomorrow, with 1 from Spain/Finland/Lebanon/Bahamas also joining CAN and AUS in Group A. – 12:31 PM

Tim Reynolds @Written by TimReynolds

No, Luke at the Olympics is bad at the Olympics.
No Luke in the Olympics is better than Luke and the Mavs.
Giannis has won one from Paris now. – 12:22 PM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Greece & Giannis knocked Slovenia out of the game with Luka Doncic #FIBAOQT 🇬🇷✊ PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

There’s no place like Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 🏠
🇬🇷 Greece defeated Slovenia, knocking Luka Doncic out of the Olympic Games
#FIBAOQT #Paris2024… – 12:19 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad

See you in September, Luka Doncic. A well-earned break begins. – 12:16 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs

Luke’s night (and summer) is over. 21-7-5 w/10 TO (though obviously not all for him)
In 3 matches in this tournament:
27.7 pts/9.7 rebs/8.3 assts
38.7% FG/26.7% (8-30 3pt)/82.6 FT (29-35 FT) – 12:15 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs

Luka and Slovenia after trailing by 24, were down 47-33 at halftime. Luke 10-4-5, but 6 TO, playing all 87 seconds of the half. But in those 87 seconds, his team has 10. He is basically a one man team who has to do everything. Giannis 11-3 for Greece. – 11:28 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

Greece led 47-33 #FIBAOQT

Giannis 11 points – 3 rebounds
Luke 10 points – 4 rebounds – 5 assists – 6 turnovers AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs

A disastrous first qtr for Luka and Slovenia. Trails Greece 32-14 after 1. The game started with a 13-0 run for Greece and ended with a 10-0 – 10:52 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

Luka Doncic meets his idol again 🫂❤ AM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2

Greece’s defense is crazy right now. They put two on Doncic every time and allowed others to take contested shots. – 10:41 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Rick Pitino wouldn’t have missed Giannis and Luke’s collision in Greece 🙌🇬🇷 #FIBAOQT AM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2

Luke vs. Giannis: FIBA ​​Edition. – 10:31 AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46

Luka Doncic’s big “bombs” during the presentation of the Slovenian national team. #FIBAOQT #mojtim10:23 AM

Evan Sidery @sidery

Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Luka Doncic is the Olympics on the line.
10:30 am ET 🍿 AM

Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA

Giannis vs. Luke on “Please Do No Harm” starts at 9:30 CT. The winner plays Croatia/Dominican Republic on Sunday at 1 PM CT for a chance at the final spot at the Paris Olympics. AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46

Luka Doncic is here #FIBAOQT semi-final against Greece and Giannis Antetokounmpo. #mojtim #MFFL @SportalgrG AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Luka Doncic believes that the match between Slovenia and Greece will make basketball fans happy 🤩 #FIBAOQT

What are your predictions for tonight’s game? ⚔ AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46

Just before the big match between Greece and Slovenia, Michael Roll spoke to @SportalgrG about the match “Giannis vs. Luke” and gave his predictions.
“Greece is probably the best team in this tournament.” @Mreezy20

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

Glorious raindrops today and the best breakfast around tomorrow: Luka vs. Giannis in the game of Slovenia vs. Greece in the Olympic semifinals at 9:30 AM CT.
Game shown here via @courtside1891:…
More NBA from me:… PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk

Paris Olympics notes: Doncic faces Antetokounmpo in qualifiers, Australia announces deep roster… – 12:08 PM

Tim Reynolds @Written by TimReynolds

It’s Luka against Giannis, where Slovenia or Greece are determined to win 1 at the Paris Olympics (from @AP)… – 12:05 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet

“Giannis and Luka are different players. They will score in different ways” – Greece HC Spanoulis is preparing for the battle between NBA stars in Piraeus
#FIBAOQT #Paris2024… – 11:46 AM

Donatas Urbonas @Urbodo

New URBONUS w/ @augis04
– Giannis’ chance over Luka Doncic
– Major disputes of the Olympic Qualifiers
– How the Philippines got better without Jordan Clarkson
– Reaction to reports of Vezenkov’s return
– OQT semi-final predictions… – 10:27 AM

More on this story

Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic’s summer break has begun. He checks with more than four minutes left when Slovenia is beaten by Greece in an Olympic qualifier. Disappointed not to be back in the Olympics, but could use a little rest after playing 100+ games last year. – with Twitter @espn_macmahon / July 6, 2024

ClutchPoints: Reporter: “You look tired, though [the] the goal has been reached, and you are going to [the] semi-final.” Luka Doncic: “Yes, I’m in hiding. Oops, sorry. I’m tired, [and] I’m angry because I didn’t get the last three points.” 😂 (via @sportstv) -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / July 4, 2024

Evan Sidery: With Slovenia’s victory today over New Zealand in the Olympic qualifiers, they now set up a great game on Saturday in Greece for a win-all. Luka Doncic vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo may be part of the Olympics on the line. -via Twitter @esidery / July 4, 2024

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