MISFIRING with his shooting hand lately, Marcio Lassiter might as well try his luck shooting with his off hand.
The San Miguel Beer sniper took some shots with his left hand – with some accuracy – after SMB practice on Saturday afternoon on the eve of Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT KaTropa at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Lassiter, though, played down his routine, saying he has been doing it since his rookie year in the 2011-12 season in his first conference with San Miguel when he was sidelined with a broken pinky finger on his right hand.
“During practice, I was so bored, so I might as well just do something,” Lassiter said in a short chat with SPIN.ph after practice, recounting the time when he had a cast on his right hand in his first conference with SMB under coach Ato Agustin and reinforced by Eddie Basden.
“So every form shooting underneath the rim, (I used) my left hand, so I worked on that for a few weeks,” he added, even going as far as brushing his teeth left handed.
“It’s a different motion, and they say if you do that, it works on your left hand – your motor skills or whatever. I didn’t know that ‘til after,” Lassiter said. “I did all that and I feel more comfortable with my left hand now.”
And the Filipino-American wingman indeed made it look easy taking those left-handed shots on Saturday.
“That’s just in case something happens,” Lassiter said. “I’m ready to shoot left handed.”
Is he in an emergency situation these days? After averaging 3.5 triples on a scorching 48.3 percent from beyond the arc in the first four games of the playoffs, Lassiter has not made a triple in the last three games, including the semifinal series-clinching win over Star – the same span where he has taken more free throws (14) than treys (12).
“It’s just a different attack I’m doing,” Lassiter insisted. “So that’s the reason why there’s more free throws, I guess – attacking more.”
Averaging just eight points in the first two games of the finals, Lassiter is hardly worried that he’s not contributing as much with his teammates taking the cudgels, the latest evidence in their 102-88 win in Game Two.
“(Chris) Ross is picking it up, Alex has been picking it up, Arwind played huge, and we got big help from everyone else,” Lassiter said. “Me and Charles (Rhodes) didn’t score a lot, but everyone contributed.”
“We probably showed why we’re in the finals…with that performance,” he added.