Zubac pitched in 16 points (4-7 FG, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 22 minutes in the Clippers' 134-107 win over the Suns on Wednesday. Zubac managed to avoid foul trouble -- never a guarantee when it comes to the young center -- to bounce back from a rough, truncated outing in his last game against the Timberwolves. The 21-year-old has scored in double digits in two of his first three games since coming over from the Lakers. However, despite the fact coach Doc Rivers appears firmly committed to keeping him as the starting center, it seems that Zubac's minutes might be typically capped in the mid-to-high-20s on the majority of nights, with the referee's whistle always a possible looming impediment as well.
Zubac finished with three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one assist in 15 minutes Monday in the Clippers' 130-120 loss to the Timberwolves. After a strong outing in his Clippers debut Saturday in Boston, Zubac was no match for his counterpart at center, Karl-Anthony Towns, in his second game with Los Angeles. In addition to the lackluster scoring and rebounding production, Zubac racked up three fouls and four turnovers, resulting in coach Doc Rivers leaning more heavily on backup center Montrezl Harrell (35 minutes). Better days are ahead for Zubac, but like many young big men, he'll be liable to turn in some up-and-down performances.
Zubac managed 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, and three blocks in 23 minutes during Saturday's 123-112 win over the Celtics. Zubac started at center in his Clippers debut, allowing super-sub Montrezl Harrell to rejoin the second unit. The former Laker fell one board shy of a double-double while swatting at least three blocks for the third time through 34 appearances this season. It's only one game, but it seems safe to say Zubac represents a real upgrade over former starter (and recently released) Marcin Gortat.
Coach Doc Rivers said that he expects Zubac to start in his Clippers debut Saturday against the Celtics, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports. Montrezl Harrell entered the top unit for the fourth time all season in the Clippers' last game Thursday in Indiana, but it was never expected to be a permanent deployment, as Rivers likes the energy and scoring burst he provides off the bench. Harrell still appears set to handle the bulk of the minutes at the position, but Zubac should at least bring more upside in the starting role than the since-waived Marcin Gortat typically brought in that capacity. Even if Zubac is capped at around 20 minutes in most games, he's shown the ability to put up points, rebounds and blocks at a rate prodigious enough to make him worthy of grabbing outside of shallow leagues.
Zubac (not injury related) will be available for Saturday's game against the Celtics, TV play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers Ralph Lawler reports. Zubac was traded from the Lakers to the Clippers on Thursday, and he'll have an opportunity to play for his new team as soon as Saturday. Montrezl Harrell will presumably get the start, but Zubac could occupy a significant role as a reserve.
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