Gortat posted seven points (2-3 FG, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 21 minutes in the Clippers' 116-111 win over the Spurs on Thursday. He's averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 20.3 minutes over his first three games back on the first unit. The veteran had fallen out of the rotation altogether earlier in the month for a three-game spell as well, but he's looked refreshed since returning. Coach Doc Rivers could opt to continue giving both Gortat and fellow big man Boban Marjanovic periodic multi-game layoffs in order to keep them fresh, a strategy that appears to be working well overall for both players thus far. Naturally, that approach would wreak some havoc from a fantasy perspective, so it's a situation for both Gortat and Marjanovic owners to monitor night to night.
Gortat will draw the start Monday against Golden State, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. It previously looked as though Gortat had completely lost his role within the rotation, but he'll get the nod at center for the second straight game, bumping Boban Marjanovic back to a bench role. The two big men figure to battle for the starting spot moving forward.
Gortat will start at center Saturday against the Bucks, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. Gortat had fallen out of the rotation over the past three games, but will draw the start Saturday. It's not exactly clear why either decision was made. Regardless, Gortat's days of fantasy relevance in standard leagues are fading fast.
Gortat (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Monday's 120-109 win over the Timberwolves. After Gortat was removed from his starting role ahead of the Clippers' prior game Friday in Orlando, there was some thought that an injury might have influenced coach Doc Rivers' choice to move him to the bench. Instead, it appears performance reasons were behind the move, as Gortat's absence has been labeled as a coach's decision in the box score for both of the past two contests. Given that Gortat had averaged just 3.6 points and shot 40 percent from the floor through the Clippers' first eight games, it's not too surprising that he's dropped to third in the pecking order at center. Boban Marjanovic has moved into the starting lineup the past two games and has averaged a double-double (10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds) in 20.5 minutes, and with the Clippers winning both times in convincing fashion, it seems unlikely that Rivers will switch things up with his centers. Marjanovic's minutes may be more limited in games the Clippers oppose big men capable of stretching the floor, but the rangier, more athletic Montrezl Harrell will absorb additional playing time in those contests rather than Gortat.
Gortat (undisclosed) isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Minnesota, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gortat was held out of Friday's action due to an apparent injury, and his status for Monday's tilt is up in the air after Boban Marjonaovic was named the starter at center. Marjanovic has played well this season when given opportunities, so it's unclear whether Gortat has simply lost his spot in the rotation or if he's nursing an injury.
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