Welcome to your weekly roundup of all things Gonzaga in the other basketball league playing right now. The Zags had a great showing at the All-Star Weekend, and now it is time for the second half to commence.
Clarke had the most Brandon Clarke line on Feb. 21, even for us Gonzaga fans that came to expect this sort of production. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, pedestrian numbers, yes. Of important note, of those 10 rebounds, eight of them were offensive. That is the Brandon Clarke way.
Collins has been out for pretty much the entire season with a shoulder injury. He is hoping to return to action sometime in March.
Rui has had himself a nice time since returning from his groin injury, and opened the second-half of the NBA season with four-straight double-digit points. Granted, considering he is in the starting lineup at all times, at least 10 points is a low baseline. However, Rui dropped 17 points twice in the past week, in a win over the Nets last night and a loss to the Cavs on Feb. 21.
Perhaps, most importantly, Rui drew the defensive assignment on Giannis Antetokounmpo recently. He didn’t do too bad.
Giannis Antetokounmpo when guarded by Rui Hachimura:— P.U.R (@PostUpRui) February 25, 2020
That’s the reigning MVP. Rui did a great job and should be proud, that’s the toughest cover in the NBA! pic.twitter.com/peqicmitfr
The Miami Heat big man had an up and down week, pretty consistent with how the rest of his seaso has gone. In a win over the Cavs on Feb. 22, Olynyk scored 17 points, shooting 71 percent from the floor and hitting 4-of-6 from long range. He followed that up by scoring just 6 points in 15 minutes on the rematch game on the 24th.
Out of all the Zags in the NBA, Sabonis is the one who has truly hit his stride this year. The former Gonzaga big man had another week that is the new norm, a near triple-double, and uber-efficient games in the post. On Feb. 25 in a win over the Hornets, Sabonis finished with 21 points, shooting 80 percent from the floor, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.