Luol Deng has been undergoing a resurgence over the last few weeks after a poor start to the season, but it looks like that may be put on hold. The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Deng did not participate in the team’s practice on Wednesday due to “right biceps tendinitis,” and while he will travel with the team to Portland for their matchup with the Trail Blazers, he is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.
Deng has averaged 7.7 points and seven rebounds over the last two weeks. While those numbers won’t blow anyone away, he’s actually been the Lakers’ fourth-best rotation player by net rating over that time period, with the team only being outscored by 1.2 points per 100 possessions over that time frame.
If Deng misses the game, expect to see more minutes for Brandon Ingram, who has often been the beneficiary of big minutes when Lakers head coach Luke Walton is looking to keep his rotations intact despite injuries. Nick Young, Lou Williams, and Jordan Clarkson could also see increased burn if the Lakers go smaller, with an outside shot at some minutes for Metta World Peace.
Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates on Deng and the rest of the Lakers. All stats per NBA.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.