Croats in NBA: Ivica Zubac Records His First Double-Double of Season

Daniela Rogulj

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Ivica Zubac played the best game of the season in the LA Clippers’ 115:96 victory against Sacramento on Wednesday. 

The Croatian basketballer played 22 and a half minutes and achieved his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. He hit four of five shots in play and all three free throws and even recorded one assist and one block.

“My teammates needed me, I jumped as I know how and tried to contribute in both directions,” Zubac said after the game.

He is no longer a starter this season and comes off the bench.  Thus, even though his minutes are almost the same, it can be seen in his numbers because he is scoring 1.8 points and 2.6 rebounds less than last season.

“I accepted it as a challenge. I have to be ready from the first minute when I enter the game. It’s different than when you’re a starter, but we all have to adjust. I’m doing what I can to help the team,” Zubac said modestly explaining the difference in approach between the two roles. 

Teammate Paul George also praised the Croatian Clippers’ player. 

“Zu doesn’t know how dominant he can be. You forget how young he is, he’s still a baby… it is very rare you find bigs his size in the league today. That is one of the advantages he has. He has to own being the biggest guy on the floor.”

Kawhi Leonard was the Clippers’ top scorer on Wednesday with 32 points, George scored 19 with 12 assists and seven rebounds, and De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 25 points.


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