Suns Sources: Robin Lopez Doubtful for Spurs Series

As Coach Gentry said last week, Don't expect Robin Lopez to walk through the door any time soon. (Photo by Max Simbron)

Earlier today John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR, tweeted the following about Robin Lopez' status for the Suns second round series against the Spurs.

Twitter / John Gambadoro: Robin Lopez will definitel ...
Robin Lopez will definitely not play in the first two games of the series vs the Spurs in Phoenix and is doubtful for the series

Sources within the Suns organization confirmed this telling Bright Side of the Sun that Robin's progress has been steady but not leaps and bounds and the Suns are thinking of the big picture and want what's best for Lopez long-term.

If Robin does come back it will only be when he's fully healed. Right now the team is focused on strengthening his right leg to avoid re-injury due to over compensating.

Without Lopez to guard Tim Duncan in the post, the Suns will likely have to rely on more double teams and hope that their defense, which was active and rotated well against the Portland Trail Blazers, can continue to perform without the big man in the middle.

The Suns were a top level rebounding team with Robin in the starting line-up but still managed to beat Portland on the glass by 21 rebounds in the first round without him.

 

Here's a similar story from John Hollinger...

Still no timetable for Suns' Lopez - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
The Suns emphasized again that there is still no timeline for his return, and an appearance in the second round seems extremely unlikely. “I feel a lot better but I still have a ways to go,” said Lopez. “I just started running and you can kind of tell that a little bit.”

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