Posted May 3 2010 11:12PM
PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix center Robin Lopez declared himself out for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio on Monday but says he still thinks he will be ready to play at some point in the series.
Lopez said at the team's shootaround that he still needs to strengthen his right leg. The 7-footer hasn't played since March 26 because of a bulging disk that cut off a nerve to the leg.
Lopez was an effective starter before he got hurt and has defended the Spurs' Tim Duncan 1-on-1. When he returns, though, he probably would be severely limited in playing time at the start.
With the Blazers down three, Damian Lillard fakes to to get his defender in the air and rattles in the 3-pointer.
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Tracy Wolfson reports from Chicago following Game 1 of the Wizards and Bulls series.
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Damian Lillard makes contact with Dwight Howard fighting around a screen and injures his leg but would return.
|Blaze It In|
Mo Williams forces the turnover and on the other end Wesley Matthews spikes it home.
|Move The Rock|
Blazers move the ball around the perimeter and LaMarcus Aldridge feeds Wesley Matthews for the 3-pointer.