Bogdanovic receives 68 million contract

The Atlanta Hawks from the North American basketball professional league NBA will probably equip the Serbian international Bogdan Bogdanovic with a new contract. According to US media reports, the Guard is signing for four years and is expected to earn $68 million (€64.1 million).

According to the reports, the 30-year-old has previously declined a contract option for next season, which is said to have netted him $18 million. Instead, the exceptional player sought a long-term deal, which he should now receive.

Bogdanovic, who comes mostly off the bench with the Hawks this season, moved from the Sacramento Kings to Atlanta in 2020 and surprisingly reached the Conference Finals with the team in 2021. In the current season he averages 14.1 points per game.

Bamberg missed semi-finals

Basketball Bundesliga club Brose Bamberg lost to BC Kalev in the quarter-finals of the Europe Cup.

Nine days after the narrow 77:80 first leg defeat in Tallinn, the former series champion also lost the second leg in the fourth-rate European competition against the Estonian representative 67:85 (43:51).

The best point collector for the Franks was the American Gerel Simmons, the guard came up with 24 points.

There isn’t much time to digest the defeat for the eighth-placed Bundesliga team. Already on Saturday we have to defend the play-off place and the series of five wins in a row against the Rostock Seawolves in the Brose Arena.

Belgium, a Spoilsport Again

The German basketball players have faced a setback on their way to their first European Championship participation in twelve years.

The national coach Walt Hopkins’ selection lost on Thursday evening in the Wolfenbütteler Lindenhalle against the favored Belgians with a score of 44:69 (19:34). This was their second defeat in the fifth qualifier, both of which were against Belgium.

Fix grammar: In Group A, Germany is in second place behind Belgium, who have already qualified for the finals in Israel and Slovenia (June 15-25). In addition to the winners of the ten qualifying groups, the four best runners-up will also receive a ticket.

Alexandra Wilke and Marie Gülich, each scoring ten points, were the most successful shooters in the German Basketball Association (DBB) selection. They will face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo on Sunday. Germany won their first comparison in November with a score of 97:58.

Disillusionment at medi Bayreuth

Kellerkind medi Bayreuth clearly missed another liberation in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). The penultimate table suffered a bitter 73:95 (33:53) home defeat against BG Göttingen on Thursday evening.

Three days after the win against the former series winner Brose Bamberg (92:86) and cautious euphoria, the 2010 cup winner is again disillusioned. Even 20 points from guard Ahmed Hill couldn’t change that, making him the top scorer of the game.

Exclamation point against Bayern – Bonn again at the top

Telekom Baskets Bonn impressively prevailed in the top game of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) against runners-up Bayern Munich and regained the lead in the table. With the clear 78:68 (41:34) home win, the Bonn team passed champion Alba Berlin again, FC Bayern (8:2) is only third.

The Bonners scored excellently from the three-point line before the break and were able to pull away. Jeremy Morgan in particular caused problems for Bayern. In the second half, the hosts had everything under control with their top scorers TJ Shorts (21 points) and Morgan (20).

The lead continued to grow, Bayern could no longer provide excitement. The guests’ best thrower was Cassius Winston (14).

Alba had temporarily taken the lead on Saturday with a work victory. Two days after the relegation against Fenerbahce Istanbul (75:104) in the EuroLeague, the double winner came up against relegation candidate medi Bayreuth to a 91:83 (40:49).

The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg secured fourth place. Last season’s semi-finalist kept his fellow pursuers BG Göttingen at bay with his second success in a row with 90:76 (40:37). Fifth are EWE Baskets Oldenburg, the former champions and cup winners beat newly promoted Rostock Seawolves 99:90 (61:48).

Meanwhile, ratiopharm Ulm celebrated its third win in a row with the 91:80 (40:37) against the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim. The Syntainics MBC from Weißenfels won 98:90 (39:41) at Brose Bamberg on Sunday and clinched the first win since 2001 at Franconia.

Kleber looking for errors: “We don’t hit our throws”

National basketball player Maximilian Kleber has identified a few reasons for the Dallas Mavericks’ poor performance so far in the current NBA season.

“The coaches prepare us well, we just have to do it better,” Kleber said in an interview with Sport1: “On the one hand, we don’t hit our shots. On the other hand, we can be even better in defense.”

In addition, according to Kleber, it could also be because the team lacks the right attitude: “Sometimes I have the feeling that we as a team don’t come out with the right energy. We have to change that.”

Kleber rejected the accusation that superstar Luka Doncic did not always receive the necessary support. “There are enough experts outside of basketball who aren’t there and don’t know what we play or what our philosophy is,” said the 30-year-old, who switched from Bayern Munich to the Mavericks in 2017.

Dallas is eleventh in the Western Conference table after eleven wins and eleven losses.

First red after 35 seconds: Escalated title final

What a fight for the Polish championship!

On the last day of the Superliga, leaders Vive Kielce and German national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff had to play against Wisla Plock, who was their direct pursuer.

Kielce were ahead of the game with a clean record of 25 wins from 25 matchdays, Plock were three points behind the series champions due to the 26:27 defeat in the first leg. Kielce also had the upper hand in the final and secured the eleventh championship in a row with a 25:23 victory after a seven-meter throw.

This is exactly what Plock wanted to prevent. The arch-rival, coached by Talant Dujshebaev, shouldn’t be celebrating the title in his own arena.

Five red cards and a penalty throw
So there was explosiveness in the game even before the game: And it took just 35 seconds for this explosiveness to arrive on the pitch. That’s how long it took for Plock’s Mirsad Terzic to pick up the red card.

It shouldn’t be the last of the evening. Altogether there were five (!) red cards – three for Plock and two for Kielce. Kielce’s Tomasz Gebala provided the negative highlight in the 38th minute. The 2.12m giant even got the blue card for a foul against Niko Mindegia.

Things got worse for the Spaniard, however. Just over a minute later he was fouled again. After that, the backcourt player stayed down and had to be treated. The pictures suggest a knee injury, which could also mean the end of the European League Final Four.

Wolff’s performance is positive from a German point of view. The home side were awarded ten penalty kicks in regular time, Plock was only able to convert five of them. Wolff thus had a decisive part in the 20:20 after 60 minutes, which brought Kielce to the seven-meter throw and already made the title perfect.

At the Champions League Final Four, the top Polish club has the chance of another title.

Carried by their French Causeur and Yabusele, Real Madrid beat Barça and joined Efes Istanbul in the final

Carried by its French Fabien Causeur and Guerschon Yabusele, Real Madrid defeated FC Barcelona (86-83) Thursday in an unbreathable Clasico to afford a final.

Fabien Causeur and Guerschon Yabusele largely contributed to the victory of Real Madrid, this Thursday evening in Belgrade, against FC Barcelona, the leader of the regular season (86-83). An FC Barcelona who led by 11 points at the break (45-34). But the two French were indeed untenable during this magnificent clasico which was played in the last seconds of the game, Real seeing their lead melt in the last quarter.

Fabien Causeur scored 18 points. His friend, he flew over the meeting with 18 points, not to mention the 8 rebounds taken under the baskets including a last capital less than three seconds from the final whistle which ruined the last hopes of FC Barcelona to reverse the trend on a final three point basket.

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Vincent Poirier, the other Frenchman from the Madrid club, was more discreet offensively, with 6 points. But he brought a lot in defense with 5 rebounds but also 3 blocks. This trio will therefore have the pleasure of playing in the final on Saturday, and challenging the two Frenchmen from Efes Istanbul (Moerman and Beaubois), winners of Olympiakos a little earlier.

Dallas Mavericks humiliate and eliminate Phoenix Suns

Stupor in Phoenix: the Suns were humiliated on their floor in Game 7 of the second round series against the Dallas Mavericks (90-123). An inglorious exit from the play-offs for last season‘s finalist. Luka Doncic (35 points, 10 rebounds), immense, and his family will meet the Golden State Warriors in the final in the West.

Terrible Sunday for last season‘s finalists. After the elimination of the Milwaukee Bucks, defending champions, on the floor of the Boston Celtics (109-81), the Phoenix Suns, best team of the regular season and beaten in the final last season, were humiliated at home by the Dallas Mavericks (90-123). Nothing suggested such a scenario given that in the series, the two franchises had not lost at home.

The men of Monty Williams, named coach of the year, did they really have a chance during the game? Seeing the trio of Arizona franchise stars – Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton – struggle for the entire first half, part of the answer lay there. The three friends, never on pace, accumulated a horrible 0 out of 12 in shooting before Ayton, then penalized for his third foul before the break, opened the scoring with an authoritarian dunk.

During this time, the Mavs had attacked the part with their feet on the floor, guided by their Slovenian prodigy Luka Doncic (27 points, 9 rebounds at the break), but also by Spencer Dinwiddie, of formidable efficiency off the bench ( 21 points at the break). At halftime, under boos, the Suns joined the locker room 30 points behind (27-57, 24th), a new season record for the fewest points scored after two key periods (24.4% at the end of the season). shoot).

At halftime, Luka Doncic therefore had as many points (27) as the entire Phoenix team.

The stands empty at the end of the third quarter
Upon returning from the locker room, the Suns did not even manage to blow the slightest wind of revolt. Worse, the gap has continued to climb, to reach 40 points. A first for Booker and his family, who had never been led by such a margin this season.

Even when Luka Doncic was resting on his bench, Dallas was able to find a choice alternative in Jalen Brunson (22 points, 6 rebounds), while Dinwiddie continued his slaughter with three-point shots (30 points, 5 of 7 long distance), magnified by a beautiful address (11 out of 15 in total).

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Opposite, Booker (11 points), Paul (10 points) and Ayton (5 points, 4 rebounds) did not save appearances. From the end of the third quarter (50-92, 36th), the local supporters emptied the stands, tired of seeing their team sinking ever deeper.

Chris Paul was playing his eighth Match 7 on Sunday. The 37-year-old leader’s record in this area is negative: 3 wins, 5 losses.

Quite quickly Williams threw in the towel and the two benches emptied for an end to the game without flavor, with the exception of the visitors who could celebrate with their owner Mark Cuban the improbable reversal of the situation. Led 2-0 in the series, here is Dallas in the Western Conference final, a stage of the competition he had not attended since 2011, and the title won by the band from Dirk Nowitzki. They will meet the Golden State Warriors there for a series that no one saw coming, and which by definition is an exciting announcement.

Milwaukee snatches victory in Game 3 of the series against Boston

The Milwaukee Bucks regain control in the series against the Boston Celtics, in the second round of the play-offs, after their success on the wire (103-101) during the third, this Sunday match at the Fiserv Forum.

Back in Milwaukee, the Bucks won in the third game of the series against the Boston Celtics (103-101). A match under pressure, like this confrontation where the two teams fought until the buzzer. It once again took a great night Giannis Antetokounmpo (42 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals) to help the defending champions escape from the embrace of Ime Udoka’s men.

The Bucks had even managed to create a nice margin in the third quarter (34-17). Thanks to efficient Jrue Holiday (25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Wes Matthews as bodyguard on Jayson Tatum (10 points at 4/19 shooting), Milwaukee had the keys in hand to conclude this match.

It was without counting the return of Boston in the last 12 minutes. Led in attack by Jaylen Brown (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Al Horford (22 points, 16 rebounds), the C’s have as usual caught up by stopping the opposing offensives and limiting, to a lesser extent, the Greek of Milwaukee thanks to Robert and Grant Williams (6 blocks between them).

As in the first two matches, the decision was made late. The Celtics even went back to the score in the last two minutes (100-99), before Antetokounmpo and Holiday restored the advantage to the Bucks (103-99).

On the last action, Marcus Smart suffered a foul from Holiday as he was about to shoot three points. The referees considered that the fault had been committed before the shot. Only two shots for the Boston player who scored the first before deliberately missing the second. The Celtics won the rebound battle, but Al Horford scored one last basket after the clock ran out.