Lopez (back) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans. Lopez has been fighting through a back injury over the last week or so, but has played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, so it's clearly not an issue. Barring a surprise uptick in discomfort during Thursday's morning shootaround, look for Lopez to once again take on his usual starting center role against the Pelicans.
Lopez recorded 23 points (10-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 37 minutes during Monday's 110-100 loss to the Pacers. Lopez has been fighting through a back injury but drew the start on Monday. Lopez has become much more than an afterthought in the Laker's offensive attack as he's now had double-digit scoring totals in 12 straight games, which is easily the longest streak he has enjoyed all season. Interestingly enough he's been unable to convert any of those 12 games into a double-double as Julius Randle has taken some rebound production from Lopez in recent weeks. The free-agent market in the off-season will determine a great deal about Lopez's future with the Lakers, but the 29-year old will be an unrestricted free agent and should have an opportunity to gauge his value at that point.
Lopez (back) will start Monday's game against the Pacers. Lopez has been dealing with a back injury for the better part of the last week, but he'll remain in the lineup after carrying a "probable" designation into the day. After seeing his role dwindle in January and February, the veteran is averaging a shade under 30 minutes per game in March, with averages of 19.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game for the month.
Lopez (back) supplied 18 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 33 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat. The veteran center shook off the back tightness that had him listed as a game-time decision at one point to generate the second-highest point total on the Lakers for the night. Lopez's streak of double-digit scoring has now reached 11 games, and he's now drained multiple threes in five consecutive contests as well. The 10-year pro has evolved into a pivotal part of the offense during Brandon Ingram's extended absence with a groin injury, a trend that fantasy owners certainly hope can endure the latter's eventual return to the lineup.
Lopez is in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Heat, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. Lopez was experiencing back tightness, but will get the start against Miami. He's averaging 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds through 60 games this season for the Lakers.
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