Latvia’s Davis Bertans Shines in World Cup Qualifier Victory Against Lebanon

A brother can hide another. Behind Davis Bertans (2.08 m, 30 years old, Dallas Mavericks), who has been traveling for seven years in the NBA, we find the eldest: Dairis (1.93 m, 33 years old). His career has not experienced the growth of that of the brother, like a very short stint in the United States in 2019 (New Orleans Pelicans, 12 matches), but it took a remarkable turn on Friday in Jakarta against Lebanon (victory 109-70). After four minutes of hesitation during which the opponent probably thought he could make a match with a neophyte Latvia in the World Cup (9-9, 4th), Bertans, as an exemplary captain, launched the recital of a three-point banderilla.

The first of six arrows – out of seven – shot by the resident of Seville (Spain), in just fifteen minutes of play. Also one unit from the national record, held by … his brother Davis (7). Useful, of course, as his team competes in the competition without three major players (Kristaps Porzingis, Rihards Lomasz and Janis Strelnieks), injured.

This maximum profitability has spread to the rest of the team, like the interior Rolands Smits (17 points at 100% from two points, 7 rebounds in 18 minutes). Latvia finished the game at 59% in shooting (42 out of 71), and an 18 out of 35 from three points (51.4%), prompting increased vigilance for France this evening, faced with a much less physical device than that of Canada.

“We know their dangerousness, it’s a team that will try to make us run to find positions. We have to be ready for this style of play by being closer to the hand of the shooters. Somewhere, you have to take inspiration from what we suffered yesterday to try to make them suffer, ”analyzed Vincent Collet, who will also find the interior Anzejs Pasecniks (2.18 m, 27 years old), author of an express passage last season (November-February) under his orders at Boulogne-Levallois.

2023-08-27 06:23:47
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