Caldwell-Pope (nose/suspension), who underwent an MRI, does not have a broken nose, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report reports. The guard took an elbow to the face Monday but avoided serious injury. Regardless, he won't play during the team's regular-season opener Thursday against the Lakers due to a suspension.
Caldwell-Pope (suspension) will undergo an MRI on his nose after taking an elbow to the face Monday. If the MRI reveals that Caldwell-Pope suffered a broken nose, the guard may be fitted for a protective mask, though he will have a bit of extra time to recover, as he faces a two-game suspension to begin the season stemming from a DUI arrest last March. Broken nose or not, the earliest Caldwell-Pope will be able to play would be Sunday, when the Lakers play host to New Orleans. Once healthy and finished with his suspension, Caldwell-Pope is expected to start at shooting guard.
Caldwell-Pope (suspension) provided nine points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and three steals across 24 minutes in Friday's 111-104 preseason win over the Clippers. KCP will serve a two-game suspension to open the regular season stemming from a DUI arrest last March, but he did manage to finish the exhibition slate on a positive note. The 24-year-old guard established preseason highs in rebounds, assists and steals while generating a 50.0 percent success rate from the field for the second straight contest. Once he returns to the starting lineup on Oct. 22 against the Pelicans, Caldwell-Pope should serve as a key source of scoring and three-pointers while sharing the backcourt with the dynamic Lonzo Ball (ankle) and attempting to parlay his one-year, $18 million contract into a long-term deal.
Caldwell-Pope (suspension) tallied just four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 105-99 preseason loss to the Jazz. With Brandon Ingram and Brook Lopez combining for 23 shot attempts, KCP was uncharacteristically uninvolved offensively during his time on the court. Caldwell-Pope was similarly quiet on Sunday against the Kings, as he took just five shot attempts in that contest on his way to a five-point tally. Despite the recent pair of lackluster efforts, the 24-year-old two-guard is expected to have a major offensive role this coming season as one of the most experienced members of the Lakers' starting five.
Caldwell-Pope (suspension) poured in 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block over 29 minutes in Monday's 113-107 preseason loss to the Nuggets. After a sluggish 1-for-7 effort from the floor in the preseason opener last Saturday, KCP was much sharper Monday while also playing 10 additional minutes. The 2013 first-round pick has yet to tally a success rate of greater than 42.0 percent from the field over his first four campaigns, but he's expected to get plenty of opportunities in what should be a fast-paced Lakers attack during the coming season. Caldwell-Pope also typically provides above-average numbers in the steals category and has upped his free-throw percentage after each of the last two seasons, topping out at 83.2 percent with the Pistons in 2016-17.
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