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Robin Lopez out, Phoenix Suns down

Mar 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

The Phoenix Suns won last night. They’ve been doing that a lot lately. They are 21-5 in the last 26, and Amare Stoudemire is playing the best ball of his career, which is making rims afraid. The offense is great, the defense is passable and the Suns are back to being the entertaining Suns.

But they barely won last night against the lowly Timberwolves. Al Jefferson had 19 points and 16 rebounds, Kevin Love came off the bench to have 23 and 22. That’s 32 points and 38 rebounds for the two men who make up the inside presence of the Timberwolves.

It was because Robin Lopez is out for the Suns with a bulging disk in his back. Problem is, he may be out for a while, five to seven games. According to the Arizona Republic, it could be worse than that. (Via Brett Pollakoff at FanHouse)

The Suns’ back specialist, Dr. Christopher Huston, examined Lopez in Phoenix, and the center will receive an injection today to reduce the swelling.

“Everybody responds differently to back issues,” (Suns general manager Steve) Kerr said. “On the bright side, the long term is he should be fine and maybe even this year.”

Wait just a second… “maybe even this year?”

If Lopez is not up to form, the Suns are far less scary. The game plan, even with Lopez, was to pound them on the inside. The strategy had not been as successful lately because Lopez was a fantastic last line of defense. If he is not right, or is limping through the playoffs, the Suns will be limping, too. No matter how hard Amare throws it down.

  1. Twolves fan - Mar 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Thats actually 42 and 38…just sayin

  2. wizard of Ozola - Mar 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    will someone get ANTHONY MASON ON THE PHONE, BRING THE DARK NIGHT OF MAYHEM BACK !! JUST SAW “HIS BADESS” ON THE 30 4 30 SHOW, IN THE PACER/KNICKS SERIES, HE IS HALF RAY LEWIS ,HALF KARL MALONE. LETHAL WEAPON NUMERO UNO !!! PUT HIM ON THE SUNS, NOW WE TAKING WEST CONFERENCE FINALS, MASON AND ARTEST CAN UFC IT !! DAMN.!

  3. sunsfantildeath or at least til nash retires - Mar 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    someone cant add…but yea lopez was a big part of the suns success but dont forget we have just gotten back L Barbosa and the two kinda offset(i said kinda)

  4. Dapeach - Mar 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    OK, Lopez has come on and is playing well… but so is the rest of the team, and the bench, deepest in the last 20 years is also playing exceptionally well. The coach is also coaching like a winner. It was his idea to start Lopez and pound everyone. There are Frye, Collins and Amundson and Dudley who like to get in the middle and rough it up. Collins just needs a little more time to get back up to speed. If Lopez is out, someone big is going to be signed to use their muscle inside and keep Amare at his Beast-like Best and the rest fo the team; Nash, Richardson, Hill, Barbosa, Frye, Dragic, even Clark are having great years and they are still the highest scoring, highest shooting percentage team in the league. I give us good chances with or without Lopez.

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