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LaVine’s stats show he hasn’t been himself. He is averaging 20.7 points, his lowest scoring average since being traded to the Bulls in 2017, and his shooting numbers are down. He has admitted his lift, which was a defining trait for him early in his eight-year career, isn’t where he thought it would be. It explains why he started the week shooting just 49% on layups and dunks, down from his career-best of 64% last season, according to Second Spectrum data.
“Everybody has a career-worst night. You just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I guess that was my night,” LaVine said. “Take them in stride and try to be better. I put the work in. I treat the game with respect. I think I’ll come out in the positive if I do that. “I just played hard, took my shots. I missed some easy shots. Even the game where I went 1-for-14, my shot felt good. I’m missing shots I normally don’t. But I’m going to keep shooting them with confidence, keep trying to get downhill. Legs are starting to feel better. I just tried to be active — offensively, defensively, trying to get other guys involved. I think it showed. And we came out with the win; that’s all that mattered.”