Nikola Mirotic left Spain's EuroBasket 73–71 quarterfinal win over Greece with his own poster to take home.
Spain led 58–57 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game, and Mirotic recovered a loose ball, started the break, gave it up early and got it back just in time to meet Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim. Mirotic proceeded to stare young Giannis down, perhaps remembering Chicago’s chippy first-round series win over Milwaukee.
Mirotic, 24, and Antetokounmpo, 20, are potential breakout candidates for the upcoming NBA season and had strong showings in the game. Mirotic scored 18 points, while his counterpart registered 12 and 17 rebounds.
We’ll see if Antetokounmpo finds a way to return the favor as the Central Division rivalry between Chicago–Milwaukee continues to grow.
- Jeremy Woo