Clippers center Boban Marjanovic proving value after trade from Pistons

first_img“I found out he was really big,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked when asked what he’s learned about Marjanovic. “The three days we had (earlier in the week), he was dominant. With Boban, he’s a heck of an offensive player. He really is. People look at his size and think it’s just his size.”There is more to Marjanovic’s game, though.In his first extended minutes, in the Clippers’ victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver, Marjanovic displayed an excellent touch from the free-throw line, solid footwork around the basket and enough finesse to set screens that freed teammates for open shots, especially guard Lou Williams.Marjanovic and Williams worked a two-man game to perfection, enabling the Clippers to rally from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Nuggets and temporarily move into a playoff spot. Marjanovic only played a handful of minutes in Wednesday’s loss to the Houston Rockets.How much he plays against the New York Knicks on Friday remains to be seen. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Boban Marjanovic has played a total of 20 minutes in four games since the Clippers acquired him in the Jan. 29 trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. He’s scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added one assist, modest statistics, to be sure.Is he the Clippers’ new secret weapon?Can Marjanovic, a 7-foot-3 center, help them secure a playoff spot?Maybe appears to be the answer to both questions.center_img Rivers has faith in him, however.“He shoots the ball, he passes the ball, the question always is, can you play him in the game defensively, especially in a game that goes up and down (the court)?” Rivers said, speaking specifically about Marjanovic’s contributions to Tuesday’s victory in Denver.Rivers found a winning combination against the Nuggets, but couldn’t unearth one against the league-leading Rockets one night later. Marjanovic was scoreless with two rebounds and two fouls in 3 minutes, 21 seconds during the Clippers’ 105-92 loss.GAME OF ATTRITIONRivers knew when the schedule was released last summer that the Nuggets-Rockets back-to-back was going to be trouble for the Clippers, and it was. The Clippers didn’t have their legs to start the game against the Rockets and trailed by as many as 25 points in the first quarter.The Clippers made a determined run in the third quarter, but couldn’t catch up.““To me, it’s all the energy stuff, all the other stuff (that decided the game),” he said. “I just thought (the Rockets) were quicker, faster to the ball (Wednesday), and it happens. I don’t think anybody wants to not play well. Guys had dead legs out there, and it happens.”NUMBERS GAMEWilliams’ streak of scoring 15 points or more ended at 29 consecutive games Wednesday, when he scored 13 on 4-for-11 shooting against Houston. … Montrezl Harrell has scored 10 points or more in four consecutive games and 16 of 21. … Tobias Harris is averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 10 games since he, Marjanovic and Avery Bradley were acquired from the Pistons.last_img

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