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Goran has been spotty all season, and his stellar efforts have been far rarer than his mediocre ones. Last night against Memphis was of the positive variety, as we saw Dragic’s fire-breathing, super-quick penetrative version against Mayo, Conley, Henry & Co.
On the flip side, he looked skittish and confused against the Blazers on Tuesday. Gentry has expressed concern about Dragic’s performance but has laid the blame on the supporting cast, in regards to their lack of awareness on where to position themselves. While that is factual, it is also fairly clear that Dragic is a player who feeds on confidence, and, on the other hand, gets flustered if things do not start well.
Gentry was smart in inserting him earlier last night (at the six-minute mark of the first quarter), thus allowing him the luxury of playing with the starters. Having said that, he decided to play Goran in tandem with Nash in the third quarter, which, to me, is somewhat pointless. With Nash on the court, Dragic predominantly becomes a catch-and-shoot player, and the team loses his ability to dribble-penetrate. Also, J-Rich is a far better catch-and-shoot option than Dragic, so to have Dragic along with Nash together does not serve much of a purpose.