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Lopez Injury Update

In his second year as a pro, Lopez has enjoyed a breakout season with the Suns.
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Updated: March 28, 2010

After being seen today by specialist Dr. Christopher Huston of The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) in Phoenix, it was determined that center Robin Lopez will undergo a conservative treatment of medication, rest and rehabilitation on his injured back. Lopez will then be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The second-year player was the Suns’ first-round pick (15th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. The 7-0, 255-pound center has blossomed since being inserted into the Suns’ starting lineup on Jan. 18, helping to lead the Suns to a 22-9 (.710) record in the 31 games since. As a starter, Lopez has averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 24.5 minutes and transformed the Suns’ overall rebounding from a -2.3 (41.7-44.0) in the season’s first 41 games to a +4.8 (45.1-40.3) in their last 31 contests.

For the season, the Stanford product is posting career-highs in points (8.4), rebounds (4.9), blocks (1.04) and minutes (19.3). His 58.8-percent field-goal accuracy (171/291) would rank fourth in the NBA if he reached the statistical minimum needed to qualify (min. 300 field goals made).