Serbia leans on versatility

Serbia leans on versatility

Serbia is hoping to rely on their team’s versatility as they go against Canada, in their semi-finals match, as both aims for the finals spot. Canada is a tough team in the World Cup, being able to defeat very tough teams. Coming into this games, these two teams have confidence coming into this game, as they are one step away from the finals. With Serbia and Canada both having players that could lead them to greater heights in this edition. Serbia was able to defeat Lithuania in a 87-68, proving that they capable of competing against powerhouse teams. As for Canada, they defeated a Doncic-led Slovenia, which came out as a surprise to everyone. The semi-finals meeting match between these two teams is on September 8, 2023, at 4:45 PM (GMT+8).


FIBA World Cup: Serbia
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Serbia’s national team delivered an exceptional match against Lithuania, fulfilling expectations and securing a place in the Olympic Games. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored 18 points in the first half, continued his impressive performance, guiding Serbia to victory. The fast break was Serbia’s most potent weapon, and the aggressiveness of Aleksa Avramovic and Stefan Jovic was a significant factor in their victory. Serbia’s team play was also a key factor in their victory. In the match against Canada, Nikola Milutinov’s performance could be crucial for Serbia’s success. If he manages to put pressure on the opposing big men, Serbia’s chances of winning will increase. Serbia must play smartly, maintain high shooting percentages, excel in free throws, and control the boards. A potential problem for Serbia could be the defensive transition, which has not been the best in previous games, as Canada excels in this area.

Serbia is without their key players, which will affect their campaign in this important match. Guys like Nikola Jokic, Vasilije Micic, Vladimir Lucic, Nikola Kalinic, Neman Nedovic. Borisa Simanic on the other hand had to undergo surgery because of his kidney injury.


FIBA World Cup: Canada
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Canada secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup after a tense match against Spain. The team has the shortest rotation among the participants, with coach Jordi Fernandez relying on seven or eight players. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is currently the top candidate for tournament MVP. RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks are key players in the quarterfinals, with Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 24 points and Barrett adding 24 points. Canada’s advantage lies in their perimeter play and athleticism, and they will continue to push the pace and run in transition whenever opportunities arise. The Canadians’ defense against Milutinov will be interesting, as Brooks and Dort will guard Bogdanović. If they can limit Serbia’s offensive rebounds, Canada will be closer to victory and advancing to the finals.

Just like Serbia, Canada also have notable names that are not available for them. Jamal Murray, and Andrew Wiggins have yet to be back for Canada, and will likely not participate.


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