Gortat totaled eight points (4-8 FG), 10 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 25 minutes during Sunday's 106-96 win over the Magic. Gortat has put together two straight solid outings, following up Friday's season highs in points (18) and rebounds (13) with a season high six dimes in this one. He has earned 24.0 minutes per game through the first three games of January, this after seeing just 15.3 minutes per game during December. Gortat still has to split time with Montrezl Harrell, but the veteran remains capable of contributing here and there, albeit on an inconsistent basis.
Gortat finished with 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 25 minutes during Friday's 121-111 victory over the Suns. Gortat blew up for his first double-double of the season Friday, putting up season-high numbers in both scoring and rebounding. This was vintage Gortat but given his form across the season, appears to be merely an outlier as opposed to what could be a regular thing. He can be left on the waivers in basically all formats.
Gortat produced six points (1-4 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals across 22 minutes in the Clippers' 119-113 loss to the 76ers on Tuesday. The veteran got the starting nod as part of coach Doc Rivers' attempt to counter Joel Embiid's size down low, and Gortat was able to post solid numbers relative to playing time. However, he unsurprisingly had a difficult time containing Embiid with any degree of consistency. Gortat's opportunities had been scarce in the three contests prior to Tuesday's, as he'd logged just 12 combined minutes in the previous two games and did not see the floor altogether three games ago versus the Kings. Gortat is likely to be judiciously deployed in similar fashion throughout the balance of the season in an effort to limit wear and tear on his 34-year-old body.
Gortat will get the start at center for Tuesday's tilt against the 76ers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. Gortat has has played a reserve role in favor of Boban Marjanovic the previous three games, but he will return to the first-unit Tuesday. He is averaging 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds across 17.2 minutes per game as a starter, and should presumably see a similar workload Tuesday.
Gortat (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Wednesday in the Clippers' 127-118 loss to the Kings. After Boban Marjanovic was announced as the starting center prior to the contest, it was always likely that Gortat would drop out of the rotation as a result. The Clippers have routinely deployed only two centers in competitive games throughout the season, with second-unit standout Montrezl Harrell handling the bulk of the minutes at the position while either Marjanovic or Gortat fills the smaller portion of the timeshare. Coach Doc Rivers' decision to deploy Gortat or Marjanovic is typically dictated by matchup, so it's entirely possible that Gortat re-enters the rotation as soon as Friday against the Lakers while Marjanovic checks out.
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