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Weekly Zags in the Pros Update

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Wiltjer has big game, NBA Zags slowed by injuries and COVID

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It’s been a bit of a slow week for former Zags this week, with COVID related pauses and injuries wreaking havoc, particularly in the Association. Still, there were some noteworthy performances since the last post.

Domantas Sabonis: If you were following the Pacers’ win over the Raptors last night, you probably noticed Domas exiting the game with an apparent knee injury. It turned out to be minor, and he is listed as day-to-day (but aren’t we all?). In the two games prior, Sabonis extended his double-double streak with 18/11/9 and 10/19/5 lines in games against Orlando and Toronto.

Kelly Olynyk: Olynyk has averaged three points, just under five rebounds, and two assists in the last three games. He had two steals each in back to back games against Toronto and Brooklyn.

COVID update: Both Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura have been out for the past week due to virus protocols. Clarke’s Memphis Grizzlies haven’t played in eight days, while Rui sat out the Wizard’s last game in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety measures.

Kyle Wiltjer: Wiltjer had arguably the top performance of any former Zag in the past week, putting up 35 points, including shooting 9 of 13 on three pointers in a win for Turk Telekom. Wiltjer is shooting 42.9% from three this season and sits fifth in the Turkish League with 18.8 points per game.

Filip Petrusev: Petrusev scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and blocked a pair of shots in Mega SoccerBet’s win this week. He is currently first in the Adriatic League in scoring (23.9 ppg), third in rebounding (7.9 rpg), and third in blocks (1.3 bpg).

Kevin Pangos: Pangos scored 13 to go with four assists in Zenit’s lone game this week. He is averaging 11.1 points and 6.4 assists across all competitions this season, and is fifth in the EuroLeague in assists at 6.3 per game. Today is also his birthday, so Happy Birthday Kevin!

Johnathan Williams: Williams nearly had double doubles in both of his games this week, with 10 points and 9 rebounds in one game, and 8 and 11 in the other. Of those 20 rebounds, 13 were of the offensive variety. For the season, Williams is averaging 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

*Stats as of the end of play on Jan. 25*