Anyone who has been taking an interest in EuroBasket will know that ex-Atlanta Hawks wing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has not been covering himself in glory. In fact, if you looked at the group stage of the tournament you would have been forgiven for asking if he was even good enough to play internationally, let alone at an NBA level.
Well, in true Luwawu-Cabarrot fashion he has performed well at the pointy end of the tournament which leads pundits to ask why he is not back in the NBA fold. Luwawu-Cabarrot is such an enigmatic, frustrating player as Hawks fans found out last season.
Still, he is starting to come alive for the French at the right time of the season. His ability to score is becoming more evident but the problem is, Luwawu-Cabarrot has only had one game this tournament that he has had a positive impact on the box score for the entire tournament.
Ex-Atlanta Hawks wing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is continuing to pour in the points.
After coming out of his offensive shell in the first game of the knockout stage of the tournament, Luwawu-Cabarrot backed it up in the quarter-finals. He had 13 points in just 18 minutes of game time. He showed a tremendous level of efficiency, especially from beyond the arc.
TLC went 4-of-6 from the floor including an incredibly impressive 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also was perfect from the line going 2-of-2. Still, the problem that he has faced for the entire tournament has been his impact on the box score. He was minus eight in this game.
Still, the French beat Italy by eight points, and TLC was a major part of this, injecting his offense when the team needed it. The French are now into the final four, taking on the Polish who managed to upset Luka Doncic and the Slovenian national team in their quarter-final.