Al-Farouq Aminu was an unexpected scratch from the Portland Trail Blazers’ preseason game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday. After his teammates secured the 116-111 overtime victory, it was revealed that he strained his left hamstring in practice earlier this week and, according to Terry Stotts, it is not serious.
However, his status for tonight’s matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers remains doubtful.
Kobe Bryant is questionable for tonight's game, Lou Williams is upgraded to probable. Guessing Aminu (hamstring) won't play.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 19, 2015
If Aminu is unable to play tonight, it is likely that Moe Harkless will get his second straight start at small forward. Harkless tallied eight points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes last night, shooting 3-of-5 from the field.