Philadelphia 76ers forward, Dario Saric, spoke with FIBA about his role in the Croatian national team as well as the upcoming match against Lithuania for the World Cup Qualifiers.

Here is what the 24-year-old player said:

On his role in the national team: “I have a different status here compared to Philadelphia, where I’m some sort of a third-or-fourth option, while being a primary option here with Bojan (Bogdanovic).

We have to get all the other players involved, and that suits me completely. I hope I’ll play a couple of good games for the team now, and that we will find our way to two wins.”

On the clash with Lithuania on Friday (14/9): “They may be without some key players, but they can hit you with a small-ball lineup and create some problems, especially if they play with a center to stretch out our big guys (Ante) Zizic and (Ivica) Zubac, who aren’t the kind of guys to play from the outside.

They are more comfortable in the deep. There could be some problems, but the two of them will be ready and we’ll be here to help.”