September 13, 2020, 4:12 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard finished Sunday's 111-98 Game 6 loss with 25 points (8-of-18 FG, 3-of-5 3PM), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 42 minutes.
Leonard and Paul George combined for 58 points while the rest of the starters contributed just nine total points. If the Clippers hope to advance to their first ever Western Conference Finals, they will need more contribution elsewhere on the roster. Marcus Morris scored just five points on 1-of-5 shooting in 30 minutes while Patrick Beverley had just two points and zero defensive stats before fouling out in just 18 minutes of action. Ivica Zubac also disappointed with two points on 1-of-6 shooting even though he was able to grab 12 boards and swat away two shots. We may see a change in the starting lineup based on Sunday's dismal performance by the starters not named Leonard and George.
September 10, 2020, 12:28 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac was just shy of a double-double on Wednesday, posting 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds.
Zubac has shifted to a more prominent role in these playoffs as he's played over Montrezl Harrell in the vast majority of the Clippers' post-season games. Whether that's still a result of Harrell's earlier absence from the bubble or a deliberate adjustment from Doc Rivers, it's unclear. But Zubac has been consistenly posting great plus-minus numbers in the playoffs and showing off a great two-man game with Kawhi Leonard.
September 6, 2020, 12:25 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac was one rebound shy of a double-double on Saturday, recording 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
It was a hollow line, but it's notable as Zubac wound up being the second leading scorer in this outing, just behind Paul George's 22. While it's a good to see him be more assertive, you know that something's amiss when the Clippers' usual suspects aren't making a splash on the scoreboard. Montrezl Harrell, who recently won the Sixth Man of the Year award, quietly put up 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes.
August 30, 2020, 6:27 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac put up 15 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-8 from the field in Sunday's Game 6 victory.
Zubac is usually a limited-use weapon for the Clippers but logged 33 minutes today, marking a new season-high and the most he's played since January 27, 2019. It helped that the Mavs played Boban Marjanovic more, as Zubac's lack of footspeed wasn't nearly as big of an issue as it usually is. The Clippers will play either the Nuggets, Rockets or Thunder in round two, and Zubac is likely to have a place at the table as long as LA can avoid Houston.
August 23, 2020, 7:22 pmMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell was a non-factor in Sunday's Game 4, scoring two points and picking up three blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.
Without Kristaps Porzingis the Mavs went smaller, taking away Harrell's only natural matchup. It also didn't help that he finished as a minus-19, as he was on the court when Dallas erased a huge first-half lead. Ivica Zubac fared better with 15 points in 22 minutes.
August 18, 2020, 12:20 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivicia Zubac started in Game 1 on Monday and double-doubled with 10 points and 10 boards to go with an assist and two blocks.
Zubac was 5-for-9 from the floor and provided the Clippers with a solid 22 minutes at center. When the Clippers were low on energy, Zubac wasn't and he's one of the most underrated players in terms of how often people talk about him.
August 14, 2020, 6:09 pmReggie JacksonPG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will trot out a starting lineup of Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac on Friday against the Thunder.
The Clippers have just three guys on the injury report but it's pretty clear that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Marcus Morris won't be playing tonight. There should be plenty of value on the board for DFS players in this one, so knock yourself out as the Clips and Thunder just try to get through tonight without any injuries that will affect their playoff hopes.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 11:48 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac held his own against Nikola Jokic on Wednesday, registering his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points (7-of-9 shooting) with 12 rebounds and two assists.
Zubac has managed to play quite well in the absence of Montrezl Harrell in the Clippers' seeding games in Orlando and has upped his averages enough to post usable late mid-round value. It's been a pleasant surprise, but once Harrell clears quarantine, the honeymoon will end and Zubac will see a clear decline in production.
August 11, 2020, 6:19 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley (left calf strain), Montrezl Harrell (quarantine) and Landry Shamet (foot) have all been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
With all three players on the sideline, it will be Reggie Jackson handling the majority of the point guard minutes, while Ivica Zubac will continue to handle the load at center. Both are worth rostering in standard formats.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 12:06 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac put up eight points with 15 boards in 25 minutes of action in a loss to the Nets on Sunday.
Zubac has maintained middle-round value in the bubble due to his rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage. He has taken advantage of the absence of Montrezl Harrell, but he will still be a deeper league rebounding specialist upon his return.
August 6, 2020, 9:50 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac had a career night on Thursday, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor, good for 21 points and 15 boards in 24 minutes.
Zubac needs to be efficient as a scorer, rebounder and shot blocker to maintain value in his limited playing time. Especially as Montrezl Harrell works his way back into the fold, Zubac will need to do some level of a performance like this to stay on the radar. This was the best case scenario for him, so don't bank on something at this level again.
August 4, 2020, 9:16 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac notched a double-double on Tuesday in a loss to the Suns, netting 18 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and recording a block in 25 big minutes for the Clippers.
This was by far his best of the three games the Clippers have played thus far in Orlando as well as the most minutes he has logged. Zubac also went 4-for-5 from the free throw line, which is key (both in getting to the line and knocking them down). Hopefully he can build on his strong performance when the Clippers take on the Mavs on Thursday.
July 31, 2020, 12:17 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac had a rough go in Thursday's NBA restart, going for two points with three rebounds, one steal and one block while picking up four fouls in 15 minutes of action.
Zubac was able to appear in one scrimmage game after testing positive for COVID-19 and he'll have some eyes on him with Montrezl Harrell still not available to play. He was dealt a tough hand in facing off with Anthony Davis tonight but Zubac has a late-round ceiling, so he's not someone you should feel great about rolling with on a nightly basis anyway.
July 29, 2020, 5:32 pmLandry ShametSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac were not listed on the official injury report ahead of Thursday's tilt vs. the Lakers.
Thursday's games can't come soon enough for NBA fans around the world and the showdown between the Lakers and Clippers will be a doozy. The Clippers will be without Lou Williams (self-isolating) and Patrick Beverley (self-isolating) which should allow for additional opportunity for Shamet off the bench. There could also be additional opportunity for Zubac with Montrezl Harrell away from the team. However, both youngsters did test positive for COVID during the hiatus and it is doubtful that they see enough minutes to be worth targeting in DFS or resumption leagues.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 11:29 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac said on Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 in late June and that he didn’t show any symptoms but felt tired.
Zubac felt “a little winded” against the Kings on Monday and managed only two points to go with six rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes. Fatigue is a symptom of the virus and a significant one for an NBA player. Zubac’s conditioning is still a work in progress and hopefully the big man will have the time to get in shape as the Clippers hope to advance deep in the playoffs.
Source: LA Times