Williams did not travel with the team to Portland for Saturday's game, Bill Oram of ocregister.com reports. Unfortunately, Williams' grandfather passed away, and he will not travel with the team to Portland. It is unclear if he is expected to miss any further time. The Lakers next play Sunday at home versus the Pacers.
Williams scored 13 points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PM, 9-10 FT) off the bench in Wednesday's loss to the Magic. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year in the Eastern Conference is in his first season with Los Angeles and has assumed a very similar sixth man role that he had in Toronto. Even though Williams isn't starting, he's been the Lakers first option off the bench and still played 29 minutes on Wednesday. Williams is off to a cold start shooting the ball this year (31.8 FG, 19.5 3PM), but is still managing 14.0 points per game mainly because of his ability to get to the free throw line. Williams will likely continue to get a lot of minutes for Lakers and has the ability to score a lot of points on any given night.
Williams (groin) will play in Thursday's preseason finale against Golden State, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports. Williams missed a pair of games with a groin issue, but he went through a full practice Wednesday without issue and will have one final tuneup game Thursday before the regular season begins next week.
Williams (groin) will not play Monday against Portland, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports. With the regular season just over a week away, the Lakers will not take any chances with Williams, who is nursing a groin injury. The free agent addition projects to come off the bench, and he'll primarily compete with Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson for minutes.
Williams (groin) is officially listed as probable for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers. Williams sat out of Saturday's preseason game with a groin injury, but it has improved to the point where he'll likely suit up in Monday's tilt with the Trail Blazers. Williams' return means added depth in the backcourt behind starters D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
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