May 09, 2019

Marcio Lassiter may not be scoring a lot, but he's playing defense and makes his teammates look good

Many have noticed the disappearance of Marcio Lassiter in the PBA Philippine Cup titular series between San Miguel and Magnolia.

Well, he may be physically present, but he has clearly lost his offensive value at a time San Miguel needs his production more than ever in its bid to capture its fifth straight All-Filipino championship.

After four games, Lassiter is only averaging 6.8 points while shooting a combined 8 of 35 from the field for a 23 percent clip.

Surprisingly, the shooting forward doesn't seem worried about his shooting woes, insisting he can explode anytime.

"I'm always due," offered Lassiter after San Miguel tied the series at 2-2 Wednesday with a 114-98 rout of Magnolia in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series.

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"I let the game come to me, if the ball comes to me, I'm gonna take the shot. I'm an aggressive player but don't want to force it. Right now, our game plan is to get the ball to June Mar and I think it works well for us, "he explained.

He quickly dismissed suggestions that he's not making an impact to the team because of his inability to score a lot.

In the meantime, Lassiter is pleased to see teammates Terrence Romeo, Chris Ross and Christian Standhardinger arrest their own shooting slumps in Game 4 when they all scored in double figures after being non-existent in Sunday's Game 3 won by the Hotshots, 86-82.

Romeo, Ross and Standhardinger combined for 46 points in Game 4 after compiling just 29 the last time.

"I'm an offensive and defensive player. Just because I'm not making shots doesn't mean I can't impact the game. I definitely feel like I can make plays for other players so I'm just trying to play the game the right way and get a win," Lassiter said.

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"Honestly, the most important thing for me is to get a win. On defense, I know I can always bank on that every day and if the offense is not coming it's alright as long as we can get a win. It's all about playing the right way and playing aggressive." (JT)