Highly Anticipated Showdown: Slovenia’s Luka Doncic vs Australia’s Josh Giddey in World Cup Second Round

While the last matches of the first round of the World Cup are being played today, the first of the second are already pointing the tip of their noses. Among the big posters that are coming? A Slovenia – Australia which will oppose maestros Luka Doncic and Josh Giddey.

Unless there is a big surprise in Okinawa at the start of the afternoon, Slovenia will finish top of their group and will thus face the second in Group E – namely Australia – for the first match of the second round.

This meeting against the band of Luka Doncic, the young Boomer Josh Giddey visibly circled it in red on his calendar (via ESPN).

“It’s very fun (to play against Doncic). Of course, many people are there to see it. He carries Slovenia, so our game plan will be mostly focused on him […] We have Josh Green (Mavericks player, editor’s note), Matisse Thybulle – that kind of guy – to do this job.

We will be ready. We take one match at a time, to keep moving forward.”

Josh Giddey can’t wait, and so are we. In particular because the leader of the Thunder makes a big start to the World Cup and his confrontation with Doncic could therefore make big sparks. While Luka unsurprisingly ate his opponents in the first round matches, Giddey remains on his best performance against Japan (26 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists), synonymous with qualifying for the second round.

Scorer, playmaker, leader, Josh Giddey behaved like a boss to carry Australia in this cleaver match on Japanese soil. “That’s what we needed” said the Thunder nugget after the meeting, proof of the weight he has today with the Boomers in the midst of veterans Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Co. Over all three matches in the first round, Giddey is averaging 19 points (47% shooting), 5 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

In short, the duel with Luka Doncic and Slovenia promises a lot. Especially since it is a revenge for the Slovenians, deprived of a medal by the Boomers at the last Olympic Games, and because this meeting will be very important to win a qualification for the quarter-finals.

Mark it in your diaries, the clash Giddey – Doncic is normally scheduled for Friday morning (time to be confirmed).


Source texte : ESPN

2023-08-30 09:50:00
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