Mirotic finished with 16 points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in just 22 minutes during Sunday's 108-89 victory over the Celtics.
Mirotic filled the stat sheet in just 22 minutes of action, finishing with a full line. Despite the poor shooting from the field, he was able to find his way to the charity stripe with regularity. He has been going through somewhat of a slump over the past five games so hopefully, this is a sign that he is ready to catch fire just in time for the playoffs.
Mirotic will shift back to the bench for Saturday's game against the Rockets.
Mirotic drew the start Thursday against the Pelicans in what was likely a matchup-based decision. However, after a one-game stint in the top unit, he'll head back to the bench Saturday, with Emeka Okafor reclaiming a spot in the top unit. Despite the demotion, Mirotic should still see minutes in the upper-20s or low-30s, which give him plenty of utility in both season-long leagues and DFS contests.
Mirotic was on his own after Anthony Davis fouled out, but Mirotic's shot failed him on Thursday. He did salvage his stat line with 10 rebounds, however. He's acclimated fairly well to his new home, averaging 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in that span.
Mirotic will start Thursday's contest against the Spurs, sending Emeka Okafor to the bench, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.
The move by coach Alvin Gentry might be due to the Spurs' lineup, which features Kyle Anderson at power forward. Over the past eight games, Mirotic has averaged 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds across 25.9 minutes.
Mirotic will return to a bench role for Sunday's game against the Jazz, Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune reports.
Mirotic took on a starting role Friday against the Wizards with Anthony Davis (ankle) sitting out and posted nine points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 26 minutes. However, Davis has been cleared to return and will rejoin the top unit Sunday, which sends Mirotic back to the bench. Mirotic was still seeing big minutes as a reserve, so he's unlikely to have any significant decrease in his playing time despite the demotion.
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