As the captain for three seasons for Spains Caja Labarol, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) grew accustomed to talking constantly on the court, calling out screens or bad shots, orchestrating an offense with his vocalizations. He kind of mumbles the calls aloud now, in his jerky first months in the N.B.A., although lately they have been growing more forceful and pronounced, a nice parallel to the progressions in his play. By next week, if he continues playing as he did on Tuesday, his may be the loudest voice in the arena.
Teletovic, in his first action since Jan. 8 after missing two games with the flu, scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, a steal and nonstop energy (legs and lips) off the bench, helping the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 113-106, at Barclays Center.
It was Brooklyns seventh win in a row, yet another that required a strong second-half effort to complete. The Nets (23-15) did not make it easy on themselves, but they improved to 15-0 against teams with losing records.
It was not to be without Teletovic, who hit all three of his shots in the second quarter, but added key rebounds, assists and a defensive presence late in the game in a career-high 22 minutes.
Mirzas floor game was good, Coach P. J. Carlesimo said. He had, I thought, four or five assists, and they were good assists.
Toronto (14-23) was aggressive on the offensive glass and began 11 of 21 from the field. The Raptors know the Nets well, having played them twice earlier this season, and thus calculated precisely where to attack. Forwards Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray were aggressive early, and the Raptors out-rebounded and outscored the Nets on second-chance opportunities in the first half.
The Nets, prone to not finding the necessary intensity until the second half, again fell into an early hole. They began the second quarter 0 for 6 from the field and dropped behind, 40-32, with some stagnant offensive sets.
But they woke up just before halftime, scoring 9 points in the final two minutes, including two deep 3-pointers by Teletovic. The Nets closed the half on a 12-4 run in taking a 54-50 lead. By late in the third quarter, the ball started moving again and the Nets offense began to flow.
The Nets committed only six turnovers, after turning the ball over 35 times against Toronto in the prior two meetings. Carlesimo said the defense played just well enough to win.
We gave up 106 points and every one of their percentages is high, so you say, man, we didnt defend well, Carlesimo said. But we found a way to win. We had two really big spurts when we needed them.
Teletovic infused the Nets with the offensive spark off the bench that Kris Humphries or Andray Blatche usually provide. Teletovic had been sick the previous two games, which could explain the voracity with which he attacked his precious minutes Tuesday.
Or he is simply easing into his role as a reserve in the N.B.A., after years of being a focal point on strong teams throughout Europe. That adjustment, Teletovic said, has taken some time.
I wasnt prepared to adjust to everything this team expects from you, Teletovic said. Different rules on defense, different rules on offense, just a lot of new stuff. You need a month or two just to get used to it a little bit.
He had already begun demonstrating signs of progress in practices. Teammates remark about his shooting touch.
Hell have practices where he wont miss a shot, guard Keith Bogans said. What you saw from him today is what weve seen from him in practice.
It was a matter of putting it together in a game, in the limited minutes he is normally allotted. On Tuesday, he earned the extra opportunities he got, helping the Nets add another link to their chain of wins.
He stayed patient, Deron Williams said. He was in a tough position where he wasnt getting much playing time, getting thrown out there for a few minutes and having to produce. Thats tough for anybody to do.
Williams added: Now hes getting a little steadier minutes. You can see what he can do for this team. He can be a huge part of this team. Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com
Nenad Vukovic (188-PG-94) inks with KK Gradjanski Bobar Osiguranje Bijeljina for the rest of the season. KK Gradjanski Bobar Osiguranje Bijeljina has parted ways with Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) and signed Nenad Vukovic as the starting point guard. He managed to play for three clubs in this season, started with KK Mladost Mrkonjic Grad after which he moved to Montenegro, and in December signed with KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje. With Mladost he averaged 17.4pts and 3.7apg in 7 games, while play... [read more]
Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda stay unbeaten, race past Igokea - 1 hour ago
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Igokea - Crvena Zvezda 68:77 Crvena Zvezda claimed the 19th straight victory in the Adriatic League season. They topped Igokea in Laktasi. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 22 points to lead the Serbian champions. Crvena Zvezda snatched a 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. The visitors secured a 39:38 halftime lead. The visitors limited Igokea to just 8 points in the third term and stretched the gap at 12... [read more]
Igokea - Crvena Zvezda 68:77
Crvena Zvezda claimed the 19th straight victory in the Adriatic League season. They topped Igokea in Laktasi. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 22 points to lead the Serbian champions. Crvena Zvezda snatched a 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. The visitors secured a 39:38 halftime lead. The visitors limited Igokea to just 8 points in the third term and stretched the gap at 12-point mark at the final intermission. Igokea dropped 22 points in the final frame but could not rescue the game. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) posted 11 points, while Nate Wolters (193-PG-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points for the winners. Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) answered with 18 points for Igokea. Strahinja Micovic (205-F-92) posted 15 points in the loss.
Drasko Knezevic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - 9 hours ago
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Point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Zrinjski HT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 23-year old playmaker had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sloboda Tuzla (#4, 6-4) 80-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zrinjski HT is placed at 2nd position in Bosnia and H... [read more]
Point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Zrinjski HT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 23-year old playmaker had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sloboda Tuzla (#4, 6-4) 80-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zrinjski HT is placed at 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They are still close to the very top. Zrinjski HT would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Knezevic had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 16 attempts. He turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Knezevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Knezevic is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.9apg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 53.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka. Kastropil impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Siroki Primorka to another comfortable win 82-63 over the lower-ranked Bosnjak (#10, 2-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Siroki Primorka to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Kastropil is one of the most experienced players at Siroki Primorka and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Gradjanski (#9). Marojevic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Marojevic's great performance Gradjanski lost 79-95 to the higher-ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5, 6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gradjanski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Marojevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Marojevic has individually a great season in Bosnia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Strahinja Dragicevic (203-PF-86) of Bosna-Royal - 17 points and 3 rebounds 5. Goran Ikonic (196-SF-80) of Bosna-Royal - 24 points 6. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Ibrahim Durmo (201-F/C-97) of Spars Sarajevo - 11 points and 9 rebounds 8. Jan Mocnik (178-PG-87) of Siroki Primorka - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 9. Edin Residovic (195-SG-94) of Bosna-Royal - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Eldar Merdanovic (200-F/G-93) of Kakanj - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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