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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #3

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 260
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Nikola Mirotic hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals before fouling out of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.
Mirotic scored just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in Game 1, but the Pelicans didn't have an answer for the Warriors again tonight, despite seeing all five starters scoring at least 14 points. This series is heading to New Orleans, where the Pelicans are basically facing must-win situations on both Friday and Sunday. May 2 - 1:33 AM

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Nikola Mirotic made 3-of-9 from the field for nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

Not great, Bob. Mirotic has a Gillette deal from his clean-shaving run and he had one of his first breakout game against the Warriors back on Apr. 7, but the Pelicans got shaving creamed in this loss to snap a nine-game streak since the famous shave. This matchup is much tougher for Mirotic, but he'll be better in Game 2.
Apr 29 - 1:03 AM

Coach Alvin Gentry says the team is confident that Nikola Mirotic will continue playing at a high level.

Since shaving his beard earlier this month, Mirotic has been a beast. Over the Pelicans final six regular-season contests, Mirotic averaged 25.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 treys. He has remained red-hot in the playoffs. Over the first three games in New Orleans first-round matchup with the Blazers, he's averaging 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.7 made 3-pointers. He will likely start gradually coming back down to earth, but Mirotic remains a strong DFS play for Game 4.
Apr 21 - 11:18 AM

Nikola Mirotic had a playoff career-high 30 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers during a Game 3 win on Thursday.

All those Smoothie King Center struggles went away as Niko got off to a hot start to give the Pelicans a massive lead to start the game. He continues to be an outstanding fit with Anthony Davis and he continues to show he's more than just a perimeter player. Plus, his defense doesn't get enough attention. It'll be interesting to see how the Warriors guard him in the second round.
Apr 19 - 11:34 PM

Nikola Mirotic is not on the injury report after his ankle issues from Tuesday.

After rolling his ankle twice last night, that should mean he's ready to roll for Game 3. For whatever reason, Mirotic hasn't had much success at Smoothie King Center, posting a lowly 45.6 TS% since he arrived in February. That's compared to an efficient 60.7 when he's on the road during that span and 61.4 TS% in his last two games at Moda Center.
Apr 18 - 2:58 PM

Nikola Mirotic (ankle) believes he'll be fine for Game 3 on Thursday.

"I twisted it twice. I stepped on a fan’s foot, but it was not that bad [a sprain]. Then I twisted it by myself," he said. "I wanted to stay on the floor and finish the game. I’m sure with two days of treatments, I’ll be ready to go next game. Nothing to be worried about." These comments were made right after the game, so it's possible his ankle got worse overnight. For now, consider him probable.
Apr 18 - 11:04 AM

Nikola Mirotic sprained his left ankle twice on Tuesday, but stayed in the game and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes of Game 2's 111-102 win over the Blazers.

The first one happened when he fell out of bounds and stepped on someone's foot, and the second one came in the fourth quarter when he just misstepped. The ankle could swell tomorrow, so make sure he's good to go for Thursday's home Game 3 before putting him in your lineup. Mirotic is averaging 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 3.5 3-pointers in the first two games of this series, both won by the Pelicans on the road.
Apr 18 - 1:21 AM

Nikola Mirotic hit 9-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 24 points, tied a season high with 16 rebounds, and added two steals and a block in a 113-100 win over the Clippers.

Mirotic has been killing it over his last four games, scoring between 24 and 31 points, and racking up 16 rebounds in two of those games. He's also hit 18 3-pointers over that stretch and he should be poised for another big game on Wednesday against the Spurs. The Pelicans can still get to No. 4 in the West and homecourt in the first round, so all indications are that it will be all hands on deck on Wednesday.
Apr 10 - 12:52 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He did roll his ankle towards the end of the second quarter, but he was back out there for the second half. All the razor companies should be on clean-shaven Mirotic for an endorsement deal with this gem and a 31-point Friday. He's a nice fit with Anthony Davis and has continued to crush in road games.
Apr 7 - 11:12 PM

Nikola Mirotic racked up 31 points with 16 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 35 minutes in Friday's 122-103 win in Phoenix.

It was Mirotic's best scoring game since coming over in a trade from the Bulls, and he tied his previously best in rebounds, as he also had 16 boards in a game at Brooklyn on Feb. 10. He is averaging 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.0 3-pointers and 1.0 blocked shots per game across his past two outings. Next up will be a bigger challenge on the road against the Warriors on Saturday.
Apr 7 - 12:45 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 25 points in a start with seven rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

The biggest news of the day is that Mirotic shaved his beard because he wanted a different look. Well, apparently the dropped weight on his face helped his shot selection with his 10-of-12 line from the field. Mirotic hasn't been very good at Smoothie King Center before tonight with just six points combined in his previous two home games.
Apr 4 - 10:57 PM

Nikola Mirotic will replace Emeka Okafor in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

This is likely a matchup-based move against Memphis' small-ball lineup, and he'll be joined in the starting five by Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis. You might not recognize Mirotic if you tune into tonight's game, as he shaved his legendary beard on Wednesday morning.

Nikola Mirotic finally broke out of his slump on Friday vs. the Cavaliers with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four triples in 29 minutes.

He was 8-of-13 from the field and needed this game in the worst way after shooting 29% in his previous 10 outings. His recent slump can probably be blamed on his hip injury, so the few days he had off this week probably helped quite a bit. He's easily a top 50-75 player when his shot is falling and we'll see if he can keep it going on Sunday vs. OKC.
Mar 30 - 11:13 PM

Nikola Mirotic (hip) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, but didn't make an impact with two points and four rebounds on 1-of-6 shooting.

He played just 20 minutes and it's clear that he's nowhere close to 100 percent. Mirotic was cold prior to this dud, so fantasy owners should be evaluating other options on the wire since the Pelicans are off until Friday. Hopefully the time off will do him some good.
Mar 27 - 11:23 PM

Nikola Mirotic (hip) is available to play on Tuesday vs. the Blazers.

Mirotic has only missed one game with this hip issue, but it's been bothering him for a while -- he averaged just 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in his last six games on 29.2% shooting from the field. Mirotic is a top-50 player when he's healthy and his shot is falling, but he's a risky play tonight.
Source: Pelicans PR
Mar 27 - 7:30 PM

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