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Giannis Antetokounmpo held scoreless in debut as Greece tops Serbia 66-64 in FIBA World Cup warm-up

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Warning: senior international play is not NBA basketball, and it's definitely not summer league basketball.

That's the lens through which to view Giannis Antetokounmpo's performances for the Greek senior national team this summer, which is also why no one should be too concerned about his scoreless debut in Friday's 66-64 exhibition win over Miroslav Raduljica's Serbian team (box score).

Coming off the bench, Giannis played 16 minutes, missed his three field goal attempts and had a running three at the first quarter buzzer waved off:

In the second half he was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean volleyball-block of a Raduljica dunk attempt--a play that elicited a grin from the big Serb, who is rocking a full-on biker beard at the moment and scored seven points in 12 minutes. Overall, Giannis played a largely deferential, perimeter-oriented role in his first game with his senior Greek teammates, with his only other near-highlight on a steal and potential breakaway that was curtailed by an intentional Serbian foul in the fourth. Hopefully he'll be a bit more involved going forward, but we'll see.

The Greeks play again on Saturday against France (1:30 pm CT) and Sunday vs. Croatia (11 am CT).