Zubac totaled nine points and three rebounds in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 113-111 preseason loss to the Nuggets.
Zubac saw just 10 minutes of action Tuesday after only seven minutes in his first preseason outing. There were whispers that he could have a chance at the starting center role but they appear to have been put to rest with the stellar play of JaVale McGee. Zubac should continue to play the backup role and with the Lakers looking to go small where they can, will likely remain in the fantasy wilderness for the majority of the season.
It's not immediately clear what Zubac is dealing with, but there's no indication it's serious. Still, he should be considered tentatively questionable for the Lakers' first preseason contest, which is Sunday against Denver.
Zubac wasn't much of an offensive threat during his second NBA season although he did manage five games in double figures while scoring a season high 19 points on Feb. 15 at Minnesota. The former second-round pick has a team option available for next season and it's unknown at this point if the Lakers will pick it up.
Zubac generated 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-4 FT) and nine rebounds across 22 minutes in Friday's 113-96 loss to the Timberwolves.
Zubac was highly productive relative to playing time, posting his second double-digit scoring effort in the last five games. The second-year big man has seen over 20 minutes in two straight games, and given that starting center Brook Lopez continues to manage a back issue, he could see similar run over the remaining three games of the season.
Zubac totaled seven points (3-6 FG, 1-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 18 minutes in Sunday's 84-83 loss to the Kings.
It's the second straight strong effort for Zubac, who'd put up 16 points in just 12 minutes against the Bucks in Friday's overtime loss. The fact his minutes saw a bump from that contest is also encouraging, as is the second-year big's efficiency with his still-modest allotment of playing time. It remains to be seen if Zubac will continue to at least log minutes in the teens for what remains of the Lakers' season.
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