It’s official – Los Angeles Clippers center ivica zubac will not be suiting up for Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns. The report was made official by Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints:
Ivica Zubac is OUT today. #Clippers
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 28, 2021
Zubac will be joining superstar Kawhi Leonard as part of the game’s injury list as the injury bug continue to deal a huge blow to this resilient Clippers unit. With Zubac out, expect DeMarcus Cousins to get heavy minutes while Nicolas Batum might also get the nod to play a ton of frontcourt minutes. While Paul George and Reggie Jackson are expected to carry the scoring duties with Leonard still out.
The Croatian has been playing fantastic in these past few games to match up the Suns’ frontcourt. After getting the starting nod in Game 2, Zubac was basically unleashed and matched the huge presence of Suns big man DeAndre Ayton. In Games 3 and 4, Zubac tallied an average of 14 points and 15 boards and logged 36.1 huge minutes for head coach Ty Lue. It’s safe to say that the Clippers will be missing their big man on Monday night, big time.
The 24-year-old has been a solid weapon for the squad in his second full season with the Clippers. He’s been in and out of the starting line-up and has shown signs of potential every time he gets an opportunity. Though his numbers won’t wow you on the onset, his presence in the paint and his effort have been stellar and him being out of Game 5 is a tough gut punch for the road team.