Brazil has shown that they have "several players who can stop" Giannis Antetokounmpo when he beat Greece 79-78 in a thriller on Tuesday at the FIBA World Cup, according to coach Aleksandar Petrovic.
Antetokounmpo was limited to 13 points and was released late in the fourth quarter.
Anderson Varejao led the way for Brazil with 22 points and nine rebounds, and 39-year-old Alex Garcia unlikely kept The Greek Freak in check.
"Why is this sport wonderful? On the other hand, you have a guy who won MVP, he's 23 and who's going to stop him tonight? The guy who is 40 and gives him a kick in the ass. This is basketball, "said the brother of the deceased, great Drazen Petrovic, euphorically beating his hand on the table.
Coach Petrovic also said he was not at all worried about Giannis; he was afraid of the EuroLeague stars who could do Kostas Sloukas and Georgios Printezis.
"We have shown that we have several players who can stop Antetokounmpo. But yesterday I was more busy with Sloukas and Printezis, and that's what happened today. When I was preparing this game, many people talked and joked about how to stop Antetokounmpo. I had in my head for six months, from the semi-finals between Toronto and Milwaukee, how to stop Antetokounmpo. The problem for us tonight was Sloukas and Printezis. "
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