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Zags in the NBA: Injury Strikes Again

Clarke sidelined; Hachimura shines

Brandon Clarke - Memphis Grizzlies

In addition to the injury to Zach Collins, another Zag has gone down to injury - Brandon Clarke. In Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves, he aggravated a sore left oblique muscle which limited him to 10 minutes of playing time. He has not played since and is considered week-to-week due to the injury. This season as a rookie, Clarke is averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.2 minutes per game.

Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers (17.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5 APG in 32.5 MPG)

Not much new going on with Sabonis - he’s killing it, per the usual. He grabbed two double-doubles in the Pacers’ wins against the Grizzlies and the Thunder. He shot 50% against Memphis and 7 of 13 against Oklahoma City with two steals, but also had four turnovers in that game. It can’t all be good all the time.

Kelly Olynyk - Miami Heat (9.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1 APG in 23 MPG)

Kelly had a fairly quiet week, besides receiving kisses from Jaylen Brown. He only played six minutes against the Nets, but shot 50% from the field against both the Raptors and Celtics.

Rui Hachimura - Washington Wizards (24 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.3 APG in 40 MPG)

If anyone had an awesome week, it was Rui. Even though the Wizards lost to the Clippers by 25 points, Hachimura led Washington with 30 points and nine boards. In the Wizards’ dominant win over Philly, he again led the team with 27 points.

Nigel Williams-Goss - Utah Jazz (1 PPG, 1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 5.5 MPG)

It was an eventful week for Nigel - he scored his first NBA points in Utah’s loss against the Raptors. He made two free throws in the final seconds to bring the Jazz within 20 points.