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#1 Ko8e 81_KB24 MVP

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 03:23 PM

What has happened to Sasha Vujacic this year? He is really struggling. Last year he he shot the 3 ball lights out, but this year he isn't shooting nearly as good. Will he get his shot back?

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 03:25 PM

Whoa! I just checked Sasha's stats and he is shooting over 35%. A lot better than I thought

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 03:32 PM

Whoa! I just checked Sasha's stats and he is shooting over 35%. A lot better than I thought


he is still doing okay but last year he was a better machine than this year.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 03:36 PM

he is still doing okay but last year he was a better machine than this year.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 03:52 PM

Our second unit would be way better if we had the Sasha of last year.
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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:03 PM

1) He's coming off an injury

2) He's playing less minutes

3) The minutes he IS getting are no longer with the starters

4) His role has changed


It's a lot easier to get into a shooting rhythm when you are playing a lot of minutes and getting open looks thanks to the presence of Kobe, Gasol/Bynum and Odom on the floor.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:18 PM

Coming off an injury? We're almost at Christmas. It's not like he just got back last week. He's had more than enough time to get back to his regular playing rhythm.

And also a lot of the shots he's missing are wide open, the same kinda shots he got last season that he made.

Edited by Heir, December 09, 2008 - 05:21 PM.

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#8 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:23 PM

i think it's that he's no longer the first option off the bench. Scooter has a good point about him no longer really mixing in with the starters all that much.

i think a lot of people underestimate sash's defense, though. just him being a pest makes a biig difference out there.

Edited by SaintNicholasVanExel, December 09, 2008 - 05:24 PM.


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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:34 PM

i think it's that he's no longer the first option off the bench. Scooter has a good point about him no longer really mixing in with the starters all that much.

i think a lot of people underestimate sash's defense, though. just him being a pest makes a biig difference out there.

He was never the first option off the bench. You can't be a catch and shoot player and be the first option at the same time.

As far as his defense, that's been nonexistent as well. If he was at least doing that he'd be getting more minutes.
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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:36 PM

Ariza is really eating up his minutes. That's okay though since Ariza is playing great.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 05:46 PM

He was never the first option off the bench. You can't be a catch and shoot player and be the first option at the same time.

As far as his defense, that's been nonexistent as well. If he was at least doing that he'd be getting more minutes.


I dont think he was the first option off the bench either, but last year, he was one of the first subs. This year, Phil needs to bring in Lamar, Farmar, and Ariza before Sasha. & it's kinda hard to get into a rhythm when he plays limited minutes. I'm sure he'll be alright.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 07:11 PM

Then who was the first option off the bench? Farmar? Our bench really wasn't that good last year. I can't really even remember the rotation. Was it Farmar, Sasha, Luke, and Turiaf? Haha just thinking about it, I'm kind of puzzled how we got as far as we did with that bench. Now we have the addition of two possible 6th man candidates, Ariza (if he can stay consistent and continue to play at a high level) and Lamar (he SHOULD be playing at the "6th man award" level but currently is not). Last year, it was Sasha who played a lot of the big, important minutes down the stretch, with Fisher at 1, Kobe moved to the 3, and Lamar and Pau as 4 and 5 respectively.

35% really isn't that good by "3 pt. specialist" standards. 40% is usually the benchmark. I don't expect Sasha to continue shooting poorly. He's never really gained any rhythm this season as far as I know, so I'm hoping he comes around soon. Plus I've noticed he's dribbling more, and driving, and doing things that, frankly, he really isn't able to do at an NBA level. He's also taken quite a few contested/bad shots. Sasha's work ethic will show up eventually. It's a long season so I don't think it's a concern at the moment.

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 07:22 PM

imagine if arize started he would avg like 15/7

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 08:44 PM

It sounds like he's been working and practicing hard, but I think he hasn't really got into a playing rhythm and he's rushing things. The Machine will be back, he just needs to recharge his batteries. :)

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 10:07 PM

The Machine needs to upgrade to the new version. :)

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Posted December 09, 2008 - 10:09 PM

i think the injury is still bothering him

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Posted December 10, 2008 - 06:42 AM

From the LAT today:

Sasha Vujacic has seen his minutes and points per game decrease this season, though Lakers Coach Phil Jackson hopes Vujacic displays a team-first mind-set while on the court.

"I think it's an attitude thing with Sasha," Jackson said. "I think he thinks he has to score. But that's not it. It's about team play, and when that happens, then all those things are going to work out for him."


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Posted December 10, 2008 - 08:08 AM

More, from the Daily News:

Vujacic said he's merely adjusting to a new role, one that demands fewer shots and more attention to defensive play. He also said that he's not concerned about his lack of scoring as long as the Lakers continue to win.

"Whatever coach says," Vujacic said when told of Jackson's comments. "He's right, 100percent. My role is different, so I'm getting used to it. I'm not getting the rhythm shots, there's no secret about it. Once I start getting the rhythm shots like I did last year, things are going to be different. I know that for sure."


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Posted December 10, 2008 - 08:49 AM

He needs more PT



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Posted December 10, 2008 - 01:28 PM

Last 4 games 51mins 0-8, 2pts 4to's and 6 fouls. I still say we overpaid for a contract year player.
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