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Zags in the NBA: Domineering Performances and Setbacks

Sabonis is dominating; Williams-Goss struggles to get off the bench

Kelly Olynyk - Miami Heat

(7.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2 APG, in 22.4 MPG)

Kelly is a strong threat coming off the bench for Miami. In the past week, the Heat has won 2 of 3. During those contests, Kelly scored seven points off the bench against the Suns and 13 off the bench at home against the Pistons.

Brandon Clarke - Memphis Grizzlies

(13.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, in 21 MPG)

Clarke is proving that he definitely has a legitimate place in the NBA. Even though the Grizzlies were blown out in Orlando, he had 13 points off the bench, shooting five of 12. In their matchup with the Hornets last night, Brandon had 21 minutes of playing time while scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers

(19.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, in 34.9 MPG)

His previous calf injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him much. In the last three games against Detroit, Orlando and Oklahoma City, Sabonis has been fairly busy recording a double-double in each of those competitions. He led the team in rebounding every game as well - including 14 boards against the Pistons.

Rui Hachimura - Washington Wizards

(21 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, in 30 MPG as a starter)

The Wizards lost to the Cavs at home but Rui had a great performance, nonetheless, going 10 of 13 shooting. In last night’s loss to the Celtics, he went 9-12 scoring 21 points. It’s safe to say that he’s pulling his own weight.

Zach Collins - Portland Trailblazers

Zach underwent successful shoulder surgery but is expected to be out for the next four months. The Trailblazers are obviously missing him on the court - they went 1-3 last week after his departure. Collins intends to still play later this season, in which the team will re-evaluate him then...only time will tell.

Nigel Williams-Goss - Utah Jazz

Being deep on the bench for the Jazz, doesn’t allow for much playing time. Nigel played a few minutes at the end of their win against the Warriors. He took one shot and missed.

Zach Norvell Jr. - South Bay Lakers G-League

Norvell is a two-way player currently on the Lakers G-League. Hopefully he’ll get some minutes down the line.