Stashed Boston Celtics point guard Yam Madar had a bit of a tough outing with the Israeli National Team on Thursday, scoring 11 points, an assist, and 2 steals in 27 minutes of play against the Finnish National Team in EuroBasket play. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Cleveland Cavaliers big man Lauri Markkanen’s 28 points as Finland pulled off a 79-72 win.
Much of Madar’s woes stemmed from a rough shooting game, the Beit Dagan native going just 4-of-12 from the field overall, including only 2-of-6 from beyond the arc for the night, picking up 4 fouls and committing 3 turnovers to compound his woes against Finland.
It was an off night for Israel in general, with teammate and Washington Wizards wing Deni Avidja scoring just 8 points on 3-of-10 shooting overall, per Eurohoops. With the loss, the Israeli National Team (3-4) now finds themselves in fourth place in Group J, trailing Germany (6-1), Finland (6-1), and Slovenia (5-2) in that order.
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