Zubac will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Jazz, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.
After getting the start in Game 2, Zubac will return to the bench, as coach Tyronn Lue has decided to go back to a small-ball lineup featuring Nicolas Batum. In Zubac's past five games off the bench, he's averaged 4.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 13.2 minutes.
Zubac will start in Game 2 against the Jazz on Thursday, Garrett Chorpenning of SI.com reports.
Zubac had come off the bench in the previous five games, but he'll re-enter the starting lineup for Game 2 to match up with Rudy Gobert. The 24-year-old center played well in Game 1, going for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 20 minutes. Zubac's return to the starting lineup means Nicolas Batum will revert back to a bench role.
Zubac ended with 11 points (3-5 FG, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 112-109 loss to Utah.
After fading out during the first-round series against the Mavericks, Zubac stepped up in Game 1, turning in a productive evening while also limiting Rudy Gobert to just 10 points. The Clippers are not afraid to play with their rotations based on the matchups, but given that Gobert is going to be on the floor for heavy minutes, Zubac should continue to see meaningful minutes moving forward.
Zubac isn't starting Sunday's Game 4 against the Mavericks.
Zubac had started each of the first three games of the series and averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per contest during that time. Nicolas Batum will take his place in the starting lineup Sunday.
Zubac will play "the first minute" and then be rested for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Thunder, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
The reason behind the decision is completely unclear, but it goes without saying that Zubac should not be used in DFS lineups Sunday.
Zubac collected eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 35 minutes in a 113-90 victory over the Hornets on Thursday.
Zubac grabbed eight-plus rebounds for the fifth straight contest and was just shy of a second consecutive double-double. In addition to the 10.8 points (on 74.2 percent shooting) and 9.0 rebounds over that stretch, the center has also been a consistent factor on defense, averaging 1.2 blocks per game.
Zubac scored 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists and one block across 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors.
Zubac reached 30 minutes for only the sixth time in 20 games since April 1. He took advantage to score at least 18 points for only the fourth time on the season while also recording his 13th double double of the campaign. Moving forward, Zubac could be in line to see his minutes reduced as Serge Ibaka (back) is nearing a return to the floor.
Zubac will retain the starting center spot for the Clippers even when Serge Ibaka (back) returns, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The organization is hoping to get Ibaka back before the end of the regular season. But even when he's back, Zubac will remain the starting center. However, we should still expect Zubac's minutes to be reduced.
Zubac produced 14 points (5-5 FG, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds and a blocked shot across 28 minutes in Thursday's118-94 win over the Lakers.
Zubac was one of seven Clippers in double figures as they decisively pummelled the Lakers. Although his shot volume wasn't great, he was perfect in all five of his high-percentage shots. The emergence of DeMarcus Cousins has limited Zubac after playing virtually solo without Serge Ibaka, and the center position will likely be a timeshare between the two once the playoffs get underway.
Zubac finished Wednesday's loss to the Suns with 14 points (7-9 FG), seven rebounds and three assists over 25 minutes.
Zubac made valuable contributions as both a scorer and rebounder, though the Clippers ultimately fell short against the team immediately ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. The big man continues to be a steady but unspectacular presence in the middle for Los Angeles, averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 boards while shooting 66.3 percent from the field over his past 11 games.
Zubac supplied 18 points (6-11 FG, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 117-105 win over the Grizzlies.
Zubac scored at least 18 points for just the third time this season, coming up four points shy of his season-high 22. He's scored in double digits in seven of the past eight games. During this stretch, Zubac has averaged 12.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Zubac notched 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, an assist and a block across 22 minutes in Sunday's win over the Timberwolves.
Zubac has never been much of a scoring presence in a lineup filled with other capable weapons, but he has settled in well as the starting center and is producing on the offensive end of the court -- he has scored in double digits in five of his last six games. Zubac is averaging 12.0 points while shooting 72.5 percent from the field in that span.
Zubac delivered 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-7 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block across 32 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.
Zubac has scored in double digits in 12 of his last 17 games since moving to the starting lineup -- a span in which he's recorded five double-doubles. With Serge Ibaka (back) ruled out for the next few games, Zubac will see most of the playing time at center, and he's taken advantage of the opportunity.
Zubac closed with 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 131-124 victory over Detroit.
Zubac had himself quite a night, recording a double-double to go with a season-high seven assists. His passing is not typically something we have the pleasure of witnessing and it was certainly a nice surprise. Serge Ibaka (back) has been ruled out for at least the next three games and so those invested in Zubac should feel pretty comfortable rolling him out there this week.
Zubac scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed seven boards in 23 minutes during Friday's 126- 109 win over the Rockets.
Zubac delivered another steady performance Friday night. In the absence of Serge Ibaka (back), the seven-footer has started the last 14 games and is averaging 28.1 minutes, 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds during that span. Ibaka is inching closer to a return, but back injuries can be tricky, so nothing is imminent. While Ibaka's return may move Zubac center back to the bench, he will still be given opportunities to continue his steady production.
Zubac registered 14 points (7-10 FG) and 13 rebounds across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 103-96 loss to the Magic.
Zubac had a larger role on offense due to the many absences on the Clippers' roster. He attempted double-digit shots for just the fourth time this season, and he's now collected a double-double in three of those contests. The Clippers could have Paul George (foot) and Marcus Morris (calf) back for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, but with the return timeline of Serge Ibaka (back) less clear, Zubac looks poised to continue earning sizable minutes as the team's clear top option at center.
Zubac registered 10 points (3-11 FG, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds and five blocks across 29 minutes in Thursday's win over the Spurs.
Zubac has been making the most of his extended minutes, as he has scored in double digits in six games in a row while posting two double-doubles -- and four games with at least eight rebounds -- over that six-game stretch. His upside will remain quite high as long as he remains in the starting lineup due to his ability to contribute on both ends of the court without receiving many touches.
Zubac is averaging 12.8 points (on 78.6 percent shooting from the field), 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game while starting at center in the Clippers' past four contests in place of the injured Serge Ibaka (back).
Zubac hasn't turned in any truly eye-popping stat lines while filling in for Ibaka, but he's reached double figures in the scoring column each time out while converting his opportunities on offense at an ultra-efficient clip. The big man has also posted strong numbers on the defensive end, though his steal production is probably a bit inflated. Still, the all-around production Zubac is providing at the moment makes him a worthy short-term option in standard leagues while Ibaka remains without a clear target date to rejoin the lineup.
Zubac recorded 14 points (7-9 FG), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 105-89 loss to the Mavericks.
With Serge Ibaka (back) out for a second straight game, Zubac got another start and performed well despite the team as a whole struggling. Over the past two games as a starter, Zubac has totaled 29 points, 18 rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block in 70 minutes.
Zubac recorded 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes Monday against Dallas.
Zubac turned in a solid scoring performance in just his second start of the season, logging a season-high 35 minutes in the 109-99 victory. He also managed to secure his seventh double-double of the 2020 campaign. Zubac will likely see his workload lessen when Serge Ibaka (back) returns from injury, however.
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|06/18||vs UTA||W 131-119||6||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|06/16||@ UTA||W 119-111||8||2||2||0||1||0||0|
|06/14||vs UTA||W 118-104||18||8||5||1||3||0||1|
|06/12||vs UTA||W 132-106||13||3||6||0||1||0||1|
|06/10||@ UTA||L 111-117||14||7||0||0||2||0||1|
|06/08||@ UTA||L 109-112||20||11||6||3||0||0||3|
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