EuroBasket 2022: Greece preview

EuroBasket 2022: Greece preview

EuroBasket 2022: Greece preview

Scheduled in Berlin this Sunday evening (20:45), the match between Greece and the Czech Republic will close the second round of the round of 16. One last game for dessert and which should allow us to attend a new party of Mister Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose ankle would no longer be a problem.

Inevitably, we were in a cold sweat when Greek Freak left their last group game against Estonia with an ankle injury. That didn’t stop him from coming out with 25 pawns on the clock because Giannis is the kind of guy who scores more than one point per minute and it didn’t stop Greece from finishing quietly at the head of his group either. However, two or three things could change for the round of 16 against the Czech Republic this Sunday. Not that Tomas Satoransky and his companions represent the wrath of war, but it’s never trivial when a team leader and incidentally one of the three best basketball players in the world is belittled in a cleaver match. Fortunately for the show and sadly for the Czechs, the latest news is reassuring, with Greece manager Dimitris Itoudis announcing that the Freak and his ankle will be operational for tonight’s match. So, big bang in sight? After the initial victory against Croatia in a pure basketball match, Giannis and his friends excluded Italy before traveling against Britain, Ukraine and Estonia. The Czechs managed to snatch the qualification in the last match against Israel thanks to a great Sato, and pushed by their audience in Prague. So yeah, it looks a lot like an unbalanced fight. But if there is one thing we learned about the first matches of the eighth, it is that nothing is ever written in advance. So mistrust.

The shifts

Greece: Dimitris Agravanis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Nick Calathes, Tyler Dorsey, Giannoulis Larentzakis, Michalis Lountzis, Georgios Papagiannis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Ioannis Papapetrou, Kostas Sloukas

Czech Republic : Patrik Auda, Ondrej Balvin, Jaromir Bohacik, Vojtech Hruban, David Jelinek, Vit Krejci, Martin Kriz, Tomas Kyzlink, Martin Peterka, Tomas Satoransky, Ondrej Sehnal, Jan Vesely

The journey of the two teams

  • Greece – Croatia: 89-85
  • Greece – Italy: 85-81
  • Greece – Great Britain: 93-77
  • Greece – Ukraine: 99-79
  • Greece – Estonia: 90-69
  • Czech Republic – Poland : 84-99
  • Czech Republic – Serbia : 68-81
  • Republic Czech – Netherlands: 88-80
  • Czech Republic – Finland : 88-98
  • Czech Republic – Israel: 88-77

A little torn between a huge blowout and the Czechs who still have some arguments to go through given their recent international formation. One thing is for sure, we know one who will be Czech tonight, and this is one of the many reasons to be there at 8.45pm.

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