Labissiere drew the start against his old squad and played with a hearty dose of motivation. Essentially a forgotten man all season, the 2016 first-round pick parlayed fresh legs into a new career-high rebound total and the second-best scoring tally of his three NBA seasons. Despite the spectacular showing Wednesday, the 23-year-old appears likely to be left out of Portland's first-round playoff rotation.
Labissiere will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Labissiere will get his first start of the season Wednesday. The big man's played sparingly this year, averaging just 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds across 6.5 minutes in 21 contests.
Labissiere amassed one rebound, one assist, and one steal in three minutes during Friday's 118-98 win over the Hawks.
Labissiere has played a combined seven minutes during the last two games. However, both were blowout victories, and Labissiere remains buried on the depth chart down low. As a result, he can likely be avoided across all fantasy formats.
Labissiere played the final 49 seconds of Wednesday's 129-107 win over the Warriors, grabbing a rebound and accruing no other statistics.
Labissiere was summoned from the bench in garbage time in his Portland debut and doesn't have a clear path to capturing meaningful minutes with the Trail Blazers the rest of the way. His outlook only got worse Wednesday, as it was reported earlier in the day that the Trail Blazers had agreed to a contract with Enes Kanter, who projects to be a fixture in the team's frontcourt rotation moving forward.
Labissiere was acquired by Portland on Thursday and is reportedly finally available to play with his new team if called upon. The former Kentucky standout was posting rough numbers prior to being traded however (averaging just 2.8 points per game on 43 percent shooting). Labissiere will have to earn his way into the rotation as well due to a well-rounded Portland roster at the power forward and position spots.
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