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    Default Why Does Kleiza Have Such a Long Leash?

    I don't get it! he plays no defense, misses his opens shots,he can't put the ball on the floor, doesn't make the extra pass....yet he gets so much playing time.

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    The bigger the contract = the bigger the leash.

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    Quote grindhouse wrote: View Post
    I don't get it! he plays no defense, misses his opens shots,he can't put the ball on the floor, doesn't make the extra pass....yet he gets so much playing time.
    Soooo...we should be giving Dupree more minutes?
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    Quote Hotshot wrote: View Post
    The bigger the contract = the bigger the leash.
    +1.

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    Injuries.

    Up until tonight he had been averaging 19/9 the last 6 games.

    Contract? Hardly. The guy makes nearly 20% less than the average NBA player.

    Oh yeah, injuries.

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    this would be true for hedo when he played...

    but its not nearly as bad in this case, we got injuries, and Kleiza has shown he has the ability to score, atleast when hes open...

    He had a bad game tonite... lass few games he was good on the offensive side, not so much defensely, but u take what u can when we have soo many injuries.

    Oh and as Matt52 above me said, his contract aint exactly... big

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Contract? Hardly. The guy makes nearly 20% less than the average NBA player.
    This is true but you have to consider that there is an elite group (~15% of the NBA) make over 60% of the total money earned in salaries. The average, in this case, is not a very good measure of central tendency.

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    This is true but you have to consider that there is an elite group (~15% of the NBA) make over 60% of the total money earned in salaries. The average, in this case, is not a very good measure of central tendency.
    The median NBA Salary is 3.1 million and still Kleiza's contract is pretty good. He's been stepping it up as of late. I don't think his leash so long and if it is a bit long it is probably because he has been battling through injuries. I'd have to agree with Matt52 and Blaster.
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    I would have to agree that based on his play at the World's and pre season that injuries maybe a factor in his play (and others). I may not enjoy the inability to make plays but certainly not the effort. Hedo on the other hand...different story. That guy begged off day 1 due to fatigue because of his summer and then dogged it....and we dont even need to discuss contract terms.

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    Why? The same reason Barbosa still gets touches, both are here as scorers on a team lacking in talent. If Kleiza could improve his efficiency, there isn't any reason why the guy can't average 20/10. He really needs to start hitting those open 3's, its ugly.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Injuries.

    Up until tonight he had been averaging 19/9 the last 6 games.

    Contract? Hardly. The guy makes nearly 20% less than the average NBA player.

    Oh yeah, injuries.
    +1

    All things considered Linas has been doing a pretty good job picking up the slack for this team. I can deal with a bad game every once in a while.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Injuries.

    Up until tonight he had been averaging 19/9 the last 6 games.

    Contract? Hardly. The guy makes nearly 20% less than the average NBA player.

    Oh yeah, injuries.
    I should clarify not only Kleiza's injuries but injuries to the team. 5 guys are out now - two of which are wings (Peja and Weems) and 2 bigs (bargnani and Evans) - and Kleiza can play the 3 or 4.

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    Kleiza has a long leash because he is the "Big Dog"
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    Quote Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
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    All things considered Linas has been doing a pretty good job picking up the slack for this team. I can deal with a bad game every once in a while.
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    I don't know maybe I am being to critical but he misses open shots and that is not just this game, its every game I watched him play except the denver game. his shots are for the most part not taken within the offense. I could go on and on but the bottom line is I don't like his game.

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    Quote grindhouse wrote: View Post
    I don't know maybe I am being to critical but he misses open shots and that is not just this game, its every game I watched him play except the denver game. his shots are for the most part not taken within the offense. I could go on and on but the bottom line is I don't like his game.
    Leo and Armstrong have time and time correctly mentioned that when Linas is playing with in his game and doesn't try to do too much then he is most effective. When he starts to launch those three's or attempts to dribble the ball more then two times, he should be send to the bench.

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    Leo and Armstrong have time and time correctly mentioned that when Linas is playing with in his game and doesn't try to do too much then he is most effective. When he starts to launch those three's or attempts to dribble the ball more then two times, he should be send to the bench.
    I can live with the 3's - the guy is a good shooter. As frustrating as it is for fans I can only imagine it is that much more frustrating for Linas.

    The dribbling is what drives me insane. If I were a coach, I'd do up the game tape of every time he puts the ball on the floor more than 2 times and show him what happens. Guaranteed 4 out of 5 times it is a turnover. If that doesn't get through, nothing will.

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