Mirza Teletovic has been a bright spot off Brooklyn's bench. (AP)
Mirza Teletovic scorched the Dallas Mavericks for a career-high 34 points on Friday night, including 24 points in the second quarter alone.
“There’s a lot of open space,” Teletovic said after the game. “We have so many shooters, we have Joe (Johnson) standing in one corner, Paul (Pierce) standing in another corner, so they’re like, ‘OK, let’s leave the guy from Europe open, maybe he’s not going to make it.”
It's possible, but unlikely that opposing teams are disrespecting Teletovic due to his limited NBA success (although Dallas newspapers are). NBA coaching staffs have one main responsibility: scout, scout, and scout some more. It's tough to believe that opposing teams disregard a 42.6 percent three-point shooter because of his nationality.
Teletovic has picture-perfect form, backspin on his jumpshot, tremendous lift on his shot release, and newfound confidence under coach Kidd. But just as important, he's the beneficiary of playing alongside players that command respect from opposing defenses, as well as exceptional coaching that allows him to get wide-open looks with regularity.
Let's take a look at how Teletovic burned the Mavericks for a career high seven three pointers.
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