Bjelica managed 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals across 19 minutes during Minnesota's 102-82 loss to the Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. With the Timberwolves down by a sizable margin the second half, head coach Tom Thibodeau curtailed his starter's minutes and gave his bench some extra run. Bjelica parlayed the opportunity into a team-high scoring total following a scoreless effort over a scant six minutes in Game 1 of the series. Despite the uptick in playing time Wednesday, Bjelica remains a highly risky play from game to game during the series, given that postseason rotations are usually much tighter than what Minnesota's was in Game 2.
Bjelica moved back to the second unit with the return of Jimmy Butler (knee) in Friday's 113-96 win over the Lakers, posting three points (1-6 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and two steals across 19 minutes. As expected, Bjelica resumed a modest second-unit role, which caused his overall production to take a dip. The third-year guard should see a similar workload over the last two games of the season, although even slightly improved shooting compared to what he displayed Friday would certainly lead to a better all-around line.
Bjelica mustered 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal across 35 minutes in Thursday's 100-96 loss to the Nuggets. It could well have been Bjelica's last run with the starting five for what's left of the regular season, as Jimmy Butler (knee) -- who was already cleared to play Thursday but never saw the floor -- could potentially make a return Friday against the Lakers. He turned in another solid all-around stat line Thursday, as has often been his trademark during his extended starting tenure. If he indeed does move back to the second unit for the remaining three games of the season, Bjelica's production will naturally see a significant downturn.
Bjelica tallied seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist and two steals across 26 minutes in Sunday's 121-97 loss to the Jazz. Bjelica's offensive downturn continued Sunday, as he's now been held scoreless or put up single-digit point totals in five of the last seven games. That drop has unsurprisingly been correlated to some spotty shooting, as the third-year wing has put up success rates of 33.3 percent or lower in all of those contests. He continues to offer steady contributions in rebounds and steals in particular, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to count on him during the fantasy postseason in terms of offensive production.
Bjelica scored 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3PT) to go with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 126-114 win against Atlanta. After back-to-back games in which he scored a combined five points on 14.2 percent shooting, Bjelica responded with an efficient 14 points Wednesday. Shooting 75.0 percent on eight shots, the forward scored in double figures for the eighth time since joining the starting lineup 13 games ago. However, over his last six games, Bjelica has been hit or miss offensively. While he did score in double figures in three games during this span, Bjelica also shot 3-of-20 for 15.0 percent in the three games in which he scored between zero and five points. As of late, consistent scoring has not been apart of Bjelica's game.
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