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    October 14, 2005


    PRESEASON: PACERS 99, JAZZ 92
    Jasikevicius learns quickly, leads comeback
    Rookie responds in 4th quarter, still working on his defense

    By Mike Wells
    mike.wells@indystar.com

    It hasn't taken long to figure out why Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird racked up the frequent flier miles traveling back and forth to Europe to watch guard Sarunas Jasikevicius play.
    He can shoot. He can pass. And he can find a way to get to the basket.
    It also hasn't taken long to see that the 29-year-old rookie is going to need time to adjust to the NBA game defensively.
    He gets beat off the dribble. He struggles to fight through screens. And he's not considered quick for his position.
    Jasikevicius, whom Bird referred to as the best player in Europe, did wow the 11,390 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday night in the Pacers' 99-92 victory over the Utah Jazz.

    "We all know Sarunas can do some great things offensively, there's no question about that," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "His biggest adjustment right now is learning our system defensively and learning the personnel in this league. Offensively, he's creative and unselfish and he's highly skilled. There's a reason we got the guy."

    Bird spent a couple of seasons watching Jasikevicius light up the competition in Europe before convincing the 6-4 guard to spurn the Jazz and Cleveland and sign a three-year, $12 million deal over the summer.

    Jasikevicius gave glimpses of what he can do against the Jazz when he
    scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting a 3-pointer to tie the score 79-79.

    "I was more aggressive," Jasikevicius said. "I was looking for my shot. I didn't go into New Jersey (Tuesday) and do many things. I was just trying to get my first game under my belt and move on. The season is very long. The most positive thing for me is I'm more comfortable with every minute. That's the only thing I can ask for right now."

    It's easy to see Jasikevicius' potential leadership skills. Jasikevicius, who added four assists and three rebounds, directed the offense fluently, showed his passion for winning and constantly talked to his teammates on the floor. He had 11 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 51/2 minutes.

    "He has a great sense for the game, he has a great sense for when the opponent is off-balanced," Carlisle said. "His vision on the floor is tremendous and he showed that."

    Jasikevicius' offensive game has never been questioned. It's his defense where many expected him to struggle.

    Jazz rookie point guard Deron Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, exposed several of Jasikevicius' weaknesses when he was able to cross him up several times and run him off screens en route to scoring 17 points and adding six assists.

    "It's going to be a big development for me," Jasikevicius said. "I've never played at this level. Hopefully I can make it quick. I am still a rookie. It's going to be an adjustment, no doubt about it. I just hope it's going to be a quick one."

    Jasikevicius is consistently going to face quicker guards, so he has to figure out a way to make up for his lack of speed.

    "It's about learning the league, learning the guys he's playing against, what their tendencies are and what their strengths are because those are important things to defend well," Carlisle said. "We have a system of defense that's solid and he's in the process of learning that. For him, he's an experienced enough player and certainly has a high enough basketball IQ that he can pick it up quickly."
    UTAH (92)
    MinFG-AFT-AOR-TAFTPts
    Kirilenko213-112-35-80418
    Okur244-112-32-524010
    Whaley211-40-02-50522
    Brown222-66-70-012110
    Palacio120-22-20-11022
    Ostertag51-11-20-10013
    Humphries143-50-01-12216
    Giricek144-80-00-00029
    Violette192-30-12-31414
    Williams236-104-41-462117
    Lang100-10-01-20630
    Collins174-50-01-14318
    McLeod134-51-10-03119
    Nelson122-30-01-33144
    Owens120-20-00-20510
    Totals36-7718-2316-3623392292

    3-point shooting: 2-8 (Williams 1-2, Giricek 1-3, Kirilenko 0-1, Okur 0-1, Owens 0-1). Steals: 10 (Brown 2, Kirilenko 2, McLeod 2, Humphries 2, Lang 2). Blocked shots: 5 (Kirilenko 2, Brown, Nelson, Whaley). Team rebounds: 8.
    PACERS (99)
    MinFG-AFT-AOR-TAFTPts
    Artest366-1310-112-623323
    Bender120-22-20-11612
    Pollard191-11-22-60103
    Jackson264-107-80-114315
    Tinsley181-30-01-21252
    Croshere322-613-130-223417
    Johnson220-32-21-42412
    Jasikevicius256-94-50-343118
    Walker202-34-61-20128
    Granger244-110-02-41019
    Gill40-00-00-01000
    Hunter10-00-00-00000
    Brown10-00-00-00000
    Totals26-6143-499-3115272199

    3-point shooting: 4-9 (Jasikevicius 2-4, Artest 1-1, Granger 1-2, Croshere 0-2). Steals: 7 (Tinsley 2, Artest, Croshere, Granger, Jasikevicius, Pollard). Blocked shots: 5 (Pollard 2, Bender, Granger, Jackson). Team rebounds: 12.
    Urah10273421--92
    Pacers14262534`--99

    Officials: Luis Grillo, Jess Kersey, Courtney Kirkland. Attendance: 11,390.


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    I still have yet to see Saras play, what does his shot look like, is it an orthodox shot like Chris Mullin's was, or more of an unorthodox one like Reggie's, I'm just wondering.
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    I only saw him a little on Tuesday, but it seemed very conventional, very quick, and very soft. He hit a 3 Tue. that hit the front of the rim, bounced up several feet, and dropped back in. Let's just say you won't see that happen for Jack or Fred.

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    I only saw him a little on Tuesday, but it seemed very conventional, very quick, and very soft. He hit a 3 Tue. that hit the front of the rim, bounced up several feet, and dropped back in. Let's just say you won't see that happen for Jack or Fred.
    yeah I loved that 3...it was just toooo niiiiiiiice!

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    He is just so smooth, the team really feeds off him well. He looked better than Tinsley running the offense. the players weren't even expecting half the passes. It kind of reminded me of Mark Jackson when he first got here. Balls flying down the middle and being mishandled due to the lack of being together.

    Man do we have something special here or what?

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    I liked what I heard last night.

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    as a Maccabi Tel-Aviv fan, I just want to quote what I posted yesterday before the game against the Jazz:

    "Yo guys, give Saras a little credit.

    I know him from Israel, and I'm telling you he has the BEST passing skill I have ever seen (even in the nba!!).

    BUT, it all depends on the chemistry between him and the rest of the team, and the team fans.
    If he really find his place socially in the team, you guys will win the jackpot. Not to mention the extreme increase in alley-oops per game...."


    http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/s...searchid=31493

    YOU GUYS HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHING YET FROM SARAS!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoxo66
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    as a Maccabi Tel-Aviv fan, I just want to quote what I posted yesterday before the game against the Jazz:

    "Yo guys, give Saras a little credit.

    I know him from Israel, and I'm telling you he has the BEST passing skill I have ever seen (even in the nba!!).

    BUT, it all depends on the chemistry between him and the rest of the team, and the team fans.
    If he really find his place socially in the team, you guys will win the jackpot. Not to mention the extreme increase in alley-oops per game...."

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/s...searchid=31493

    YOU GUYS HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHING YET FROM SARAS!!!!!
    As a long time Pacers fan who spent every day for many years cutting out box scores and saving them from newspapers, I can see something peculiar with Saras. Not in his shooting either, but in his playmaking and confidence. He comes off like he's a little in over his head, but once play begins the guy works into a different world out there. For instance, last night I noticed that before the game he had some pregame jitters, but once he got in the game he morphed into something else. I pride myself in watching good passes develop, but this guy stays three steps ahead of me WATCHING?!?!??!?! That's really something. Now, JT does that too, but spotty and with less frequency compared to Saras (so far). AJ doesn't do it at all, and Eddie even less so, but each of the players bring a certain set of skills that helps overall, and even Eddie was able to make some crucial plays last year that helped win ballgames.

    We're in for a treat, and I love watching him play. He's the first guy I've seen play this game that plays with this much focus. I love it! He's a dynamo!

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    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...510140552/1088

    October 14, 2005


    PRESEASON: PACERS 99, JAZZ 92
    Jasikevicius learns quickly, leads comeback
    Rookie responds in 4th quarter, still working on his defense

    By Mike Wells
    mike.wells@indystar.com

    It hasn't taken long to figure out why Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird racked up the frequent flier miles traveling back and forth to Europe to watch guard Sarunas Jasikevicius play.
    He can shoot. He can pass. And he can find a way to get to the basket.
    It also hasn't taken long to see that the 29-year-old rookie is going to need time to adjust to the NBA game defensively.
    He gets beat off the dribble. He struggles to fight through screens. And he's not considered quick for his position.
    Jasikevicius, whom Bird referred to as the best player in Europe, did wow the 11,390 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday night in the Pacers' 99-92 victory over the Utah Jazz.

    "We all know Sarunas can do some great things offensively, there's no question about that," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "His biggest adjustment right now is learning our system defensively and learning the personnel in this league. Offensively, he's creative and unselfish and he's highly skilled. There's a reason we got the guy."

    Bird spent a couple of seasons watching Jasikevicius light up the competition in Europe before convincing the 6-4 guard to spurn the Jazz and Cleveland and sign a three-year, $12 million deal over the summer.

    Jasikevicius gave glimpses of what he can do against the Jazz when he
    scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting a 3-pointer to tie the score 79-79.

    "I was more aggressive," Jasikevicius said. "I was looking for my shot. I didn't go into New Jersey (Tuesday) and do many things. I was just trying to get my first game under my belt and move on. The season is very long. The most positive thing for me is I'm more comfortable with every minute. That's the only thing I can ask for right now."

    It's easy to see Jasikevicius' potential leadership skills. Jasikevicius, who added four assists and three rebounds, directed the offense fluently, showed his passion for winning and constantly talked to his teammates on the floor. He had 11 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 51/2 minutes.

    "He has a great sense for the game, he has a great sense for when the opponent is off-balanced," Carlisle said. "His vision on the floor is tremendous and he showed that."

    Jasikevicius' offensive game has never been questioned. It's his defense where many expected him to struggle.

    Jazz rookie point guard Deron Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, exposed several of Jasikevicius' weaknesses when he was able to cross him up several times and run him off screens en route to scoring 17 points and adding six assists.

    "It's going to be a big development for me," Jasikevicius said. "I've never played at this level. Hopefully I can make it quick. I am still a rookie. It's going to be an adjustment, no doubt about it. I just hope it's going to be a quick one."

    Jasikevicius is consistently going to face quicker guards, so he has to figure out a way to make up for his lack of speed.

    "It's about learning the league, learning the guys he's playing against, what their tendencies are and what their strengths are because those are important things to defend well," Carlisle said. "We have a system of defense that's solid and he's in the process of learning that. For him, he's an experienced enough player and certainly has a high enough basketball IQ that he can pick it up quickly."
    UTAH (92)
    MinFG-AFT-AOR-TAFTPts
    Kirilenko213-112-35-80418
    Okur244-112-32-524010
    Whaley211-40-02-50522
    Brown222-66-70-012110
    Palacio120-22-20-11022
    Ostertag51-11-20-10013
    Humphries143-50-01-12216
    Giricek144-80-00-00029
    Violette192-30-12-31414
    Williams236-104-41-462117
    Lang100-10-01-20630
    Collins174-50-01-14318
    McLeod134-51-10-03119
    Nelson122-30-01-33144
    Owens120-20-00-20510
    Totals36-7718-2316-3623392292

    3-point shooting: 2-8 (Williams 1-2, Giricek 1-3, Kirilenko 0-1, Okur 0-1, Owens 0-1). Steals: 10 (Brown 2, Kirilenko 2, McLeod 2, Humphries 2, Lang 2). Blocked shots: 5 (Kirilenko 2, Brown, Nelson, Whaley). Team rebounds: 8.
    PACERS (99)
    MinFG-AFT-AOR-TAFTPts
    Artest366-1310-112-623323
    Bender120-22-20-11612
    Pollard191-11-22-60103
    Jackson264-107-80-114315
    Tinsley181-30-01-21252
    Croshere322-613-130-223417
    Johnson220-32-21-42412
    Jasikevicius256-94-50-343118
    Walker202-34-61-20128
    Granger244-110-02-41019
    Gill40-00-00-01000
    Hunter10-00-00-00000
    Brown10-00-00-00000
    Totals26-6143-499-3115272199

    3-point shooting: 4-9 (Jasikevicius 2-4, Artest 1-1, Granger 1-2, Croshere 0-2). Steals: 7 (Tinsley 2, Artest, Croshere, Granger, Jasikevicius, Pollard). Blocked shots: 5 (Pollard 2, Bender, Granger, Jackson). Team rebounds: 12.
    Urah10273421--92
    Pacers14262534`--99

    Officials: Luis Grillo, Jess Kersey, Courtney Kirkland. Attendance: 11,390.

    that smiley wasn t part of the article, i suspect...
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    Where does "Urah" play?
    I don t know, but he did score 92 points in one game, and that against a whole pacers team! eat that, wilt chamberlain.
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    that smiley wasn t part of the article, i suspect...
    nope. I just liked what I read so I hada use it!

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