Zubac tallied 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in Friday's 124-102 win over the Mavericks. On the heels of head coach Luke Walton declaring him worthy of more playing time, Zubac responded with a second consecutive strong performance. The second-year big man had posted a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double against the Timberwolves in the last game before the All-Star break, and Friday's effort was nearly as efficient from a scoring standpoint. As had been the case against Minnesota, Zubac trailed starter Brook Lopez in playing time by only a modest amount, logging just three fewer minutes. Given the disparity in production between the two in that pair of contests -- as well as the Lakers' minimal playoff hopes -- it's conceivable the 20-year-old could eventually vault into the first unit down the stretch.
Zubac, according to coach Luke Walton, "will get more opportunities coming off a great game in Minnesota," Shahan Ahmed of NBC4 Los Angeles reports. Zubac exploded for 19 points and 11 boards in just 20 minutes during the Lakers' last game before the All-Star break. After showing some flashes last season -- 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game -- Zubac has mostly been a G-League presence this year, as the team has deployed a combination of Brook Lopez and Julius Randle at center. It appears Zubac will garner more run moving forward, however, especially considering the team's place in the standings.
Zubac generated 19 points (8-8 FG, 3-6 FT) and 11 rebounds across 20 minutes in Thursday's 119-111 loss to the Timberwolves. The 20-year-old big man's breakout performance came out of nowhere, considering Zubac had scored a combined 11 points in the last four games he'd seen any court time. He'd also been the recipient of a DNP-CD designation more often than not since his most recent recall from the G-League on Feb. 6, but Thursday's line was reminiscent of some of the ones he produced late in his rookie 2016-17 campaign. Zubac tellingly played just six fewer minutes than Brook Lopez against Minnesota in large part due to the latter's foul trouble, and it will be interesting to track whether this effort propels him to a more consistent allotment of playing time following the All-Star break.
Zubac was recalled from the G-League's South Bay Lakers on Tuesday. Zubac continues to bounce back and forth between the NBA and the G-League, struggling to find run at the NBA level. He's been a significant contributor in South Bay, however, averaging 21.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Zubac was sent down to the G-League's South Bay Lakers. Zubac saw one minute during LA's game against the Clippers on Friday. He'll probably continue bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the G-League for the foreseeable future.
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