Zizic produced 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-4 FT) and nine rebounds across 17 minutes in Wednesday's 95-86 loss to the Thunder.
After not playing in the last contest and not seeing over 10 minutes since the second game of the season, Zizic put together his best game of the season Wednesday night in terms of both points and rebounds. It remains to be seen whether Zizic will earn more minutes with Love (toe) out, but Wednesday was a step in the right direction.
Zizic had one point (1-2 FT) and one rebound in three minutes during Saturday's 119-107 loss to the Pacers.
Zizic has appeared in five of the six games thus far this season, even earning double-digit minutes in the first two tilts. With that being said, the absence of Kevin Love (foot) didn't lead to Zizic seeing any boost in minutes, and he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Zizic will start at center for Friday's presason finale against the Pistons, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Cavaliers are set to be without a handful of regular contributors, which includes the likes of Kevin Love, Cedi Osman and Larry Nance. As a result, Zizic will get a shot to work with the starters in the preseason finale and should see extended run. That said, once the regular season arrives, Zizic will be no higher than third on the center depth chart behind Tristan Thompson and Nance.
Zizic scored 20 points (7-8 FG, 6-6 FT) while adding five rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench during Saturday's preseason win over the Celtics.
It was a revenge game of sorts for the 21-year-old, as Boston was the club that originally selected Zizic late in the first round of the 2016 draft. He'll provide some size off the bench for Cleveland this season, but minutes will be hard to come by as long as Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love are healthy.
Zizic has been excused from summer league so he can return to his home in Croatia in order to watch the World Cup Final, Cleveland.com reports.
Regardless of the World Cup, Zizic has played well enough to earn some time off. A piece of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, Zizic averaged 20.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two summer league tilts.
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