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Short Game Giving Pau Gasol Fits

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Pau Gasol is shooting inordinately low on short and mid-range jumpers. Shooting percentages at these ranges can have some crazy volatility -- ask Ersan Ilyasova, who shot brilliantly on them last year and is struggling this year.

So Pau's scoring drop -- which has been nearly the complete source of his apparent decline in quality, with the caveat that defense is really difficult to measure on an individual basis -- is based on fewer attempts and stunningly low conversion on short and mid-range jumpers.

That's all of it. Pau Gasol looks like he sucks because he's missing those half hooks, those pop-out jumpers, those extended post turnarounds.

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