Mirotic managed 29 points (9-14 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 147-140 loss to the Warriors.
Mirotic was phenomenal, shaking off Wednesday's scoreless showing to produce his best point total since scoring 30 and 36 points respectively in the first and second games of the season. This is also the third time through 29 appearances that Mirotic has drained six treys. Moreover, he is contributing career-high averages in scoring, rebounding, and made threes, and coach Alvin Gentry will likely be forced to rely heavily on Mirotic as the team fights to make up ground in the race for the playoffs.
Mirotic's minutes are still being managed carefully following his return from an ankle injury, and judging by his minimal output Monday, the issue may still be impacting him to an extent. The 27-year-old had logged 22 and 27 minutes in his first two games back, however, so it's uncertain if the reduced playing time against the Pelicans was simply more the byproduct of a coach's decision. What is clear is that Mirotic has struggled with his shot in the last two contests while going just 3-for-11 from the field, including 1-for-8 from three-point range.
Mirotic had nine points (3-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and three blocks in 27 minutes during Saturday's 110-106 loss to the Timberwolves.
Mirotic surpassed his 25-minute limit in this his second game back following a 12-game absence with an ankle injury. Julius Randle is still starting alongside Anthony Davis and putting up impressive per-game stats, but Mirotic represents the better fit on both ends. Regardless of whether or not another lineup shakeup is on the horizon, there are more than enough minutes to go around.
Mirotic will have a 25 minute limit Saturday, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Mirotic, who scored 17 points in his return to the lineup Thursday, will continue to play with a minutes limit. He'd previously missed 12 games with an injured ankle, so the minit limit is precautionary and will likely last until coach Alvin Gentry is confident that Mirotic isn't at too high a risk of experiencing a setback.
Mirotic had 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-3 FT) and four rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Cavs.
After a multi-week injury absence, Mirotic returned in a bench role and played 22 minutes in his first action since Dec. 10. With the Pelicans off Thursday and Friday, Mirotic should have ample time to rest and recover before Saturday's game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
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