Aminu will be coming off the bench for Friday's matchup against the 76ers, Jason Quick of CSNNW.com reports.
The Trail Blazers have been struggling as of late, and coach Terry Stotts seems to be trying to switch things up, changing his starting lineup just prior to tipoff after it was previously confirmed that Aminu would be starting. It's possible he'll still see his usual 28 minutes per game, but it's unclear at this time what his role will be for Friday's game, or moving forward.
Aminu tallied eight points (3-9 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 31 minutes Friday during a 115-109 loss to the Magic.
Aminu was ineffective against Orlando, and is now shooting just 8-for-25 over his last two contests. Although he plays a healthy 28.0 minutes on average, Aminu's production rate is pretty low. He's averaging 7.0 points and 7.1 rebounds on the season, while shooting a disastrous 34.4 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. Aminu's on the floor for his ability to matchup defensively. His fantasy value is horrendous.
Aminu totaled eight points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 29 minutes during a 108-87 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday.
After he scored a season high 16 points in each of the previous two games, Aminu grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds Tuesday. He also tied his season high with three blocked shots. Aminu has been good in the last five games with averages of 11.8 points on 58.5 percent shooting, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 three-pointers per game in that stretch and it looks like he may have turned the corner in what had been a poor season so far.
Aminu provided a season-high 16 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with eight rebounds, two assists and one block across 37 minutes in a 125-124 double-overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
Aminu was a major underachiever earlier in the season while he struggled mightily from the field and missed time due to injury, but he's shown signs of developing into a reliable contributor of late. He's surpassed 33 minutes in each of the Blazers' last four games, and has turned in double-digit scoring efforts in two of those contests while averaging 8.0 rebounds and knocking down 46.9 percent of his attempts from the field. He could make for a dependable lineup option in mid-sized or deeper formats this week while the Blazers brace for a three-game slate.
Aminu went for 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and two steals across 33 minutes during a 125-117 loss to Golden State on Wednesday.
Aminu had one of his better all-around games of the season and scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 12. He also had a season-high five assists in the loss. It was a rare game in which Aminu shot above 50 percent from the field as he's shooting an icy 31.3 percent so far this season. We'll see if he can string another good game together Thursday against the Lakers.
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