Three members of the San Antonio Spurs and one of the Spurs’ international prospects all kicked off Eurobasket play with their home countries Thursday and Friday. First, Joffrey Lauvergne and France fell in their opening game to Finland Thursday. On Friday, Pau Gasol and Spain demolished Montenegro, Davis Bertans and Latvia suffered a loss to Serbia, and Spurs international prospect Adam Hanga was injured during Hungary’s loss to Croatia.
Thursday 08/31/2017 – France (0-1) 84, Finland 86
Les Bleus fell to Finland as Lauvergne played 18.9 minutes and he finished with four points (1-6 shooting), five rebounds, and four personal fouls. Up next, France will face Greece Saturday at 8:30 AM CST.
Friday 09/01/2017 – Spain 99 (1-0), Montenegro 60
Spain toasted Montenegro in this game and with a large lead, Pau Gasol only had to log 19 minutes of action. Gasol finished with 10 points (2-4 shooting), eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Spain’s opening win. Spain will face the Czech Republic Saturday at 9:45 AM CST.
Friday 09/01/2017 – Latvia 82 (0-1), Serbia 92
Davis Bertans was a core member for Latvia as he played 25.7 minutes in the game and finished with 16 points (4-9 shooting), six rebounds, one assist and five fouls. While Bertans was still a threat on the offensive end, he made the social media highlight reel with his block on former Spur Boban Marjanovic, as can be seen in the Bertans highlight video below from FIBA.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8jcTM4Wysk&w=560&h=315]
Bertans and Latvia will duel Belgium Saturday at 6:15 AM CST as Latvia seeks their first win.
Friday 09/01/2017 – Hungary 58 (0-1), Croatia 67
Spurs draftee Adam Hanga’s time was cut short as he suffered a hip injury in the middle of the game and he never returned. In the 16.5 minutes Hanga did play, he collected five points (2-7 shooting), four assists, one rebound and one steal. The latest report indicates Hanga will be undergoing a medical evaluation and his status for Saturday’s game against Belgium at 6:15 AM CST is unknown, as well as for the remainder of the tournament.