Though coach Doc Rivers benched starting center Marcin Gortat, he broke from tradition and moved second-unit standout Montrezl Harrell into the starting five rather than turning to Marjanovic. Gortat remained in the rotation and played seven minutes, but Marjanovic wasn't called upon off the bench while Harrell and Johnathan Motley drew the rest of the playing time at center as the Clippers leaned heavily on undersized lineups. Marjanovic has appeared in just three of the Clippers' last nine games, logging no more than six minutes on any occasion.
Marjanovic will come off the bench Tuesday against the Sixers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Marjanovic has started the past three games, but coach Doc Rivers appears to want Marcin Gortat starting against opposing center Joel Embiid. When coming off the bench this season, Marjanovic has averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 boards in 9.3 minutes.
Marjanovic was back in the starting five for a second straight game, but he ended up ceding plenty of playing time to Montrezl Harrell. The four-year veteran's production was still serviceable on a per-minute basis, but even when he's part of the starting five, his playing time is often too limited to allow him to allow him to maximize his fantasy potential.
Marjanovic will start Friday's game against the Lakers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Marjanovic is set to make his second start in as many games with Marcin Gortat evidently falling out of favor of late. The Clippers will aim to capitalize down low Friday night, especailly with JaVale McGee (illness) already ruled out.
Marjanovic posted 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 21 minutes in Wednesday's 127-118 win over the Kings.
Marcin Gortat was a DNP on Wednesday, and Marjanovic's start is now an interesting sub-plot for the Clippers, as the under-performing Gortat may have fallen out of favor. Montrezl Harrell is playing too well to just spell Gallinari and Harris, so he's providing support at center as well. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the start is a blip on the radar or a sign of something more permanent.
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