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Sasha Vujacic can turn his attention to that other event: the World Cup

June 18, 2010 | 12:21 am


With that pesky Game 7 of the NBA Finals over with and the Lakers winning their second consecutive title, Sasha Vujacic had a chance to talk about another game that’s close to his heart: the World Cup matchup between his homeland, Slovenia, and the U.S., scheduled for early Friday morning U.S. time in Johannesburg.

It’s the second match for each team. The U.S. tied England, 1-1, in its opener and Slovenia -- a country with a population of about 2 million -- beat Algeria, 1-0.

“That’s going to be a very interesting game. Now, we can talk about it,” Vujacic said in the Lakers’ locker room at Staples Center after the team’s 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7.

“To be honest with you, we have a good team. We have a team that can play soccer and knows how to play soccer. USA, they have a good team as well. I think it’s going to be an even match and one or two mistakes will decide the game.”

The game will be televised at 7 a.m. in Los Angeles but Vujacic didn’t expect to have any problem waking up. Mainly because he wasn’t sure he’d get any sleep. “We’re going to party all night,” he said, smiling.

--Helene Elliott

Photo: Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic decides to pass to an open teammate after driving into the heart of the Celtics defense in the first half of Game 7 on Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times