Moser Misses Practice, Will Be Game-Time Decision

Junior forward sits out his second straight practice with a left hip strain

Mike Moser was held out of practice for the second straight day on Monday, leaving his status for Tuesday’s game at Portland still uncertain.

Moser exited Saturday’s game against Hawaii with six minutes to play after re-aggravating a left hip strain. The injury had previously sidelined him for several days during the preseason. Moser will test the hip on Tuesday during shootaround and then be a game-time decision, according to Dave Rice.

“He’s getting treatment,” said Rice. “He was evaluated by our medical staff today and he continues to be day-to-day.”

Moser was unavailable for comment on Tuesday. He’s currently averaging 12.3 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game.

More PT for Q?
With Moser’s status still up in the air, senior Quintrell Thomas could be in line for an expanded role against Portland. Rice said Thomas would get the starting nod if Moser is unable to go.

Thomas is averaging 3.8 points and 5.0 rebounds despite playing less than 14 minutes per game, but he’s not expecting to replace Moser’s production by himself.

“Obviously everybody has to step up,” said Thomas. “I can fill in by doing some of what he does and just playing as hard as I can.”

Center Carlos Lopez-Sosa could also see extended minutes if Moser is unable to play.

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