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 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 assigned to the G-League on Thursday.
Zubac hasn't seen the floor over the last 10 games for the Lakers, even with Brook Lopez (ankle) on the sidelines, so he's clearly well outside the regular rotation. For that reason, the Lakers will ship him to the G-League to give him a chance to see some extended playing time. Continue to avoid Zubac in fantasy leagues moving forward.
Zubac is not on the active roster for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
Zubac received consistent playing time in the latter part of the 2016-17 campaign, but the 20-year-old will find himself on the inactive list for the Lakers' 2017-18 season opener. At least for the time being, the team will work with a rotation of newcomers Brook Lopez and Andrew Bogut at the center position. Zubac should work his way into that mix sooner than later.
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