Clippers rule out Ivica Zubac from Game 5 against Suns with injury


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Clippers rule out Ivica Zubac from Game 5 against Suns with injury

PHOENIX – The LA Clippers will face Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Suns without their pivot, Bosnian Ivica Zubac, who was ruled out due to a sprained right medial collateral ligament.

Zubac, who suffered the injury in Game 4, had been placed as questionable on the disabled list prior to Monday’s game.

The Bosnian had become a critical situation player for the Clippers on Deandre Ayton’s mark in the conference finals. Zubac had three consecutive double-doubles, including 15 points and 16 rebounds in the Clippers ‘106-92 victory in Game 3. He had 13 points and 14 rebounds in 40 minutes in Los Angeles’ 84-80 loss to the Suns in Game 4.

Without Zubac, coach Ty Lue said he expects DeMarcus Cousins ​​to play several minutes and be required on offense.

Lue also noted that while the Clippers were encouraged to turn a 3-1 deficit in the series, the team suffered Zubac’s injury absence.


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