As Dana Altman was facing questions from reporters Tuesday afternoon, Louis King was behind him shooting 3-pointers with his left hand.
“That’s not going to be an option,” Altman said.
However, the injury to King’s right hand suffered in Saturday’s 72-57 loss at Oregon State is a concern as Oregon (15-10, 6-6) heads to Los Angeles this week for a pair of Pac-12 Conference men's basketball games.
King had the index and middle fingers on his right hand taped as he put up shots with that hand before practice. He was summoned for treatment by trainer Clay Jamieson before returning to the court.
“He didn’t practice yesterday and he won’t practice (Tuesday),” Altman said. “Hopefully we will be able to get him some time tomorrow. It is sore so we are trying to give him a few days rest.”
Oregon visits USC (14-12, 7-6) at 6 p.m. Thursday followed by UCLA (13-13, 6-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
King, who was not available for an interview Tuesday, appeared to hurt his hand early in the second half against the Beavers, but stayed in to play nearly 19 minutes during the half. King made two of three 3-pointers following the injury while scoring nine of his team-high 20 points in the second half.
The 6-foot-9 King leads Oregon with 16.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in Pac-12 play. He is shooting 46.1 percent from the field while ranking second on the team with a 3-point percentage of 38.8 percent.
King, who missed the first seven games of the season while recovering from knee surgery, has started the past 15 games for the Ducks and scored in double figures during 11 of 12 conference games.
If he can’t play against the Trojans, Oregon would be down to eight scholarship players.
The Ducks have already had players miss 30 games with injuries this season, including 16 for Bol Bol, who is out for the year due to a foot injury. Kenny Wooten missed four games with a broken jaw and Abu Kigab missed three games with an ankle injury before transferring to Boise State last month.
Paul White has played in all 25 games, but was limited at times during the past month due to an ankle injury.
Following the loss at OSU, Altman said “I’ve got to do a better job of pushing them because obviously they are not responding to what we are trying to do.”
The coach expanded on that comment Tuesday.
“Try to really demand some of the things we need,” he said. “Block outs, simple plays. You hate to jerk guys out of games, but when they miss defensive assignments and give up easy baskets just because of focus, you just can’t blow assignments and we have done a lot of that.”
The television schedule for this week’s games have been finalized. Thursday’s game at USC will be on ESPN while Saturday’s game at UCLA is on ESPN2.