Croatian international Bojan Bogdanovic was the star of the show on Friday night for his Indian Pacers as they squared off in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs.
Tasked with guarding one of the all-time NBA greats in LeBron James, Bogdanovic was huge – keeping James quiet and scoring 30 points himself to help the Pacers come from 17 points down to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90 and go 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Bogdanovic also equalled a club record in the process with his 7 three-pointers. Only Reggie Miller, Paul George and Chuck Person had done that in the NBA playoffs in Indian Pacers history.
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After the match, everyone was talking about the Croatian. who has managed to make James shoot only 24% when he is matched up against him in the half court in the series.
“[Bogdanovic] did an excellent job. “I’ll give him a 100% on the test. He did a good job on LeBron and hit open shots. Attacked. We saw he could do that throughout the season. But for him to do that in the playoffs is amazing. Bogey manned up,” Pacers guard Lance Stephenson said.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue even acknowledged Bogdanovic’s influence.
“He made some shots. I don’t think we were physical enough with him, being into his body, making him put the ball on the floor. They only had eight 3s, so we got to get to him, get to his body and then make him put the ball on the floor. He played a great game and pretty much carried them, especially having 19 in the second half.”