Lopez has been hit with a one-game suspension for his role in Tuesday's altercation with Serge Ibaka, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Lopez will serve the suspension Wednesday against Detroit. As expected, the NBA suspended both Lopez and Ibaka for one game without pay, while also hitting Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire with a $15,000 fine. With Lopez out of action Wednesday, Cristiano Felicio and Joffrey Lauvergne should soak up most of the minutes at center, with Bobby Portis potentially picking up some increased run if coach Fred Hoiberg opts to go small. Lopez will be eligible to return Friday against Philadelphia.
Lopez scored 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding four rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 25 minutes before being ejected from Tuesday's 122-120 overtime loss to the Raptors. He got into a brief fistfight with Serge Ibaka in the third quarter that got both players sent to the showers, and while the ejections might have been a net win for the Bulls from a talent perspectivem they missed Lopez's presence on the defensive end during a fourth quarter in which the Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to send the game to extra time. The 28-year-old center now has 15 blocks in 11 March contests, but Lopez's other statistical contributions remain modest. The Bulls are back on the schedule Wednesday against the Pistons, so word should be provided in advance if Lopez faces a suspension for his skirmish with Ibaka.
Lopez scored 25 points (12-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, two assists and one block across 33 minutes in Friday's 112-107 loss to the Wizards. Lopez has failed to eclipse the 20-point mark since January as Friday night marked not only one of his most efficient outings, but also a more aggressive one as he attempted about 7 more shots from the floor than his season average. Known more for his rebounding in past years, if Lopez can consistently score, he can become a nightly double-double player on a team looking for pieces around Jimmy Butler.
Lopez scored 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in Monday's 109-95 loss to the Pistons. Although the rebound total is a little below the normal, Lopez has been aggressive offensively of late and it carried over into Monday night. He has attempted at least 10 shots in each of his last nine contests, shooting just around 45 percent over that span. On a team that lacks offense in the starting lineup other than Jimmy Butler, Lopez has been the guy to turn to, and that has substantially increased his fantasy value of late and moving forward.
Lopez accumulated 10 points (5-15 FG), three rebounds, and one block across 22 minutes during Thursday's 94-87 victory over the Warriors. Lopez has been struggling on the glass over the past three games -- collecting a total of only seven boards across 69 minutes of action -- prompting coach Fred Hoiberg to often favor reserve center Cristiano Felicio, who collected 11 rebounds in 26 minutes during Thursday's contest. While Lopez is certainly capable of great outings -- notching six double-doubles on the year -- both his minutes and production have been inconsistent, likely frustrating fantasy owners who have to make the decision on whether to insert him into their starting lineup. His next chance to bounce back comes Saturday against the Clippers and their skilled frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
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