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For the Miami Heat guard, this is truly the biggest achievement in his career so far. “Definitely it is,” Goran Dragic said to Greek National Television. “I’m still waiting for that NBA ring but this (EuroBasket gold) is something else. This is for my country. My country gave me everything. I was born and raised there. I’m glad I can give something back to the Slovenian people. You see how the gym was full of them. I want to thank them from my heart.”

Goran Dragic will walk away from the international basketball stage with a gold medal. The Heat point guard finished with 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists. With the offensive outburst, Dragic set a new record for most points scored in a single game in the history of the Slovenian national team, according to Eurohoops.net. The 31-year-old Dragic, who was named the MVP of this year’s EuroBasket, averaged a team-high 22.6 points to lead Slovenia to a perfect 9-0 record in the tournament.

Goran Dragic, who was one of the leaders of Slovenia again today said the following after the game: “We are still not done. We have one game left, we have a medal but if we came so far, why not? The last game is going to be a huge game, whoever going to play against us, but we feel like we are ready”. Dragic is living a dream with the NT this summer: “This team has something amazing, something special. It’s a young team with a few veteran players. I am really happy to be part of this team. I am the leader but the young players follow. I try to be an example for them. I try to be vocal on and off the court. And so far, so good. We are all in the same boat and we are sailing towards the goal.”

Anthony Randolph, a blink in the past of Knicks basketball (he spent most of his NBA career in Denver and Minnesota), plays for Slovenia, the team that eliminated Latvia from the European Championships on Wednesday. The Knicks past and future got into a little scrape at the end of a physical game Wednesday at EuroBasket, which started with a cheap shot from Randolph, and Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders has the video. After the game, Porzingis said Randolph had played dirty all game. Via Eurohoops.net. “He was playing dirty from the beginning. He was trash talking. What happened in the end was natural,” the New York Knicks big guy said.

However, Ufuk Sarica decided to begin his comments during the post-game press conference by applauding Pau’s presence with the national team in yet another summer tournament. “First and foremost I want to express my respect for the Spanish Team. Especially Pau Gasol. He’s 37 years old and he goes through an intense summer camp. And after a very long season he fights with the whole until the very end. You see the whole team is together with him in this effort. I think he sets a good example for future generations that want to play basketball. I’d like to point out that. That I really respect Pau Gasol and the Spanish team in particular,” Sarica said.

“Today is certainly a difficult day,” Abrines tweeted out in a statement that has been translated from its original Spanish. “Today I have to leave Eurobasket, something that those who know me know it hurts especially, because being part of this TEAM is an honor and a privilege. Even these days, unable to help on the court, although difficult, have been important to me. I can only thank others for worrying so much about me. Finally, this is the time and place to give all the strength in the world to my teammates, to ‘The Family,’ who will certainly fight until the last day to achieve our goal, winning Eurobasket.”

Following a mutual decision between the Spanish Basketball Federation and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Alex Abrines will stay out of the remainder of the EuroBasket. As reported by Spanish Marca, the knee injury that the 24-year-old swingman suffered in Game 1 of the tournament vs Montenegro is enough to cause an alarm. “There is no veto in this kind of situation. The only thing that matters is the condition of the player,” is the Federation’s position.

With their best defending effort since the start of the tournament, the Greeks were in the game until the last minute. That was Goran Dragic’ cue, who iced the 78-72 win for Slovenia with four straight points, while Klemen Prepelic also made two crucial free throws. Luka Doncic was spectacular in the first half with 14 points, 5/8 field goals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and no turnovers in 15,5 minutes of action. He finished the game with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Goran Dragic also did his part with 20 points.

Reports go on to say he did not suffer a break after x-rays were conducted and he’s not feeling any pain. “I’m waiting for what the doctor will say, it’s hard to say because I have not had the ball in the hands since Friday, but I do not feel pain. We have a morning off, and we will see what we can do. There was a X-ray, nothing broken.”
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