Lopez managed just one point (0-6 FG, 1-2 FT) with one rebound and a blocked shot across 18 minutes in Friday's 117-107 loss against the 76ers. Lopez was making his way back from a one-game suspension, but he was terribly rusty. He'll look to bounce back against the Bucks on Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee allows 104.1 points per game.
Lopez (suspension) will return to action Friday against the 76ers and start at center, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Lopez served his one-game suspension during Wednesday's win over the Pistons, leaving the Bulls quite shorthanded at center with he and Cristiano Felicio (back) sidelined. Joffrey Lauvergne ended up entering the starting five as a result of those absences and turned in 17 points, seven boards, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes, but although Felicio remains out Friday, Lauvergne will transition back to a lower-minute role off the bench now that Lopez is available. Lopez is averaging 12.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 assists in 27.8 minutes per game over 11 appearances in March and makes for a low-upside DFS option at center.
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.
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