Speights started at power forward and produced five points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes in Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Jazz in Game 4 of the series. Speights moved into a starting role due to the absence of Blake Griffin (toe), but he actually finished with his lowest scoring output of the series. He routinely settled for jumpers from long range and was unable to provide the Clippers with the supplementary scoring that they needed from him. Speights' lack of success Sunday could prompt coach Doc Rivers to lean on more small-ball lineups in Game 5 as the Clippers look to reclaim control of the series.
Speights will draw the start at power forward for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz/ As expected, with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the remainder of the postseason, coach Doc Rivers will opt to insert Speights into the starting five in Griffin's stead. In two previous starts this season, the big man averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 21.5 minutes, making him a solid low-cost DFS option for Sunday's contest.
Speights is expected to start at power forward for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Clippers recently lost Blake Griffin (toe) for the rest of the postseason, which opens up a spot in the starting five. Coach Doc Rivers is expected to give Speights the first opportunity to work with the top unit, so look for the big man to take on a bigger role heading into Sunday's contest. In two previous starts this season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 21.5 minutes, and he could be a low-cost, punt-play option for Sunday's DFS slate.
Speights generated eight points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal over 14 minutes during Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. The veteran big man co-led the second unit in scoring alongside Jamal Crawford and was typically efficient during limited time on the floor. Speights hasn't averaged double-digit minutes in the postseason since seeing 14.3 minutes per contest over seven games with the Grizzlies in the 2011-12 playoffs, so it remains to be seen if he'll continue to see minutes in the teens in subsequent games. His scoring total Saturday was his best since March 25, when he poured in 11 points against this same Jazz squad.
Speights drew the start at center for DeAndre Jordan (rest) in Thursday's 129-114 loss to the Nuggets but played only 15 minutes, providing eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist. The veteran big man essentially saw the same amount of time he would have in his usual bench role, with coach Doc Rivers providing Brandon Bass with 24 minutes off the second unit. Despite typically modest minutes, Speights has proven capable of offering solid production relative to his opportunity time and again, so he remains an option in deep formats and as an occasional dart throw in daily leagues.
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