New York Knicks‘ Mindaugas Kuzminskas had an excellent performance in the opening game of EuroBasket despite Lithuania’s loss to Georgia.
Despite Lithuania dropping their opener – an upset to Georgia – Kuzminskas had 18 points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one assist. It wasn’t his fault. Kuz’s teammate – Toronto Raptors star center Jonas Valanciunas – had nine points to go along with nine rebounds.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 18 points, 7 rebs (3 off), 1 stl & 1 ast in 27 minutes during Lithuania's upset loss to Georgia in Eurobasket 2017
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) August 31, 2017
Georgia won in a highly competitive game, 79-77, behind 29 points from ex-Brooklyn Net Tornike Shengelia. Lithuania’s next game is on Saturday against Israel at 2:30 p.m.
Porzingis and Latvia open at 10:00 a.m. against Serbia. Hernangomez and Spain open against Montenegro at 10:45 a.m. ET. The games are available through a stream on Watch ESPN.
Kuzminskas had an inconsistent rookie season with the Knicks. The 27-year-old averaged 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.4 steals on a slash line of .428/.321/.809. He has one more year remaining on his deal.
It’s good to see Kuzminskas getting so many opportunities at such a high level. He played 27 minutes and took 16 shots. With the Knicks, he played more than 20 minutes just 13 times and his season high in FGA was 15.