Zizic managed 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
Zizic topped double-digits scoring for the fourth-straight game, scoring nearly a point a minute Sunday. While his workload has bounced around all season, Zizic has managed to carve out a usual role for the Cavaliers in his second season. With one game left to play, the Croatian center's averaging 7.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.3 minutes per game.
Zizic is starting Thursday's game against Sacramento, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Zizic will get the nod in place of Tristan Thompson, who's getting Thursday night off for rest purposes. Zizic is averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists over his previous five starts.
Even with Tristan Thompson putting together a strong 15-point performance on the first unit, Zizic matched the veteran's tally in seven fewer minutes off the bench. Zizic's playing time has been hard to trust of late, as he's logged 14 or fewer minutes in three straight while Thompson continues to work his way back after a long layoff. It remains to be seen how the workload between the two will be split for the season's remaining games, but Zizic certainly has the ability to produce across the board when given sufficient opportunity.
Zizic continues to serve as a solid supplemental source of points and rebounds alongside higher-usage teammates Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and Kevin Love. While he's clearly the fourth or fifth option offensively when the first unit is at full health, Zizic has still managed four straight double-digit scoring efforts and put up double-digit shot attempts in three of those games. The 22-year-old appears likely to log heavy minutes for what remains of the regular season irrespective of the status of Tristan Thompson (foot), as it would appear in the team's best interest to continue developing young pieces such as Zizic with an eye on next season and beyond.
Zizic compiled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and an assist over 30 minutes Thursday against Orlando.
After being held to six points in Friday's matchup with Miami, Zizic has responded with three straight games of 11 or more points, and he's been solid on the glass. The 22-year-old is averaging an unimpressive 7.4 ppg through 48 matchups this year but appears to be trending upward in the final quarter of the regular season.
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