Blazers’ Robin Lopez fractures hand, will be out “a while”

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It was one of those fluke plays that seems innocent enough, Portland’s Robin Lopez was going up for a rebound and his hand hit the back of Boris Diaw’s head.

It turned out not to be that innocent — Lopez suffered two fractures in his hand on the play, coach Terry Stotts said after the game, as reported by Peter Socotch of CSNNW.com.

Lopez remained in the game for a couple of minutes after the injury occurred, not using his right hand, all the while gripping his wrist. Once a timeout was called, Trail Blazers trainer Geoff Clark ushered the Trail Blazers big man to the locker room and did not return.

Coach Stotts said that Lopez will be out “a while….”

“We don’t know much right now,” Lopez said after the game with his right hand perched upwards on the arm rest at his seat in front of his locker. “I’m going to get re-evaluated [Tuesday] morning.”

Lopez provides a solid 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, he’s fairly efficient and an anchor in the paint for Portland’s improved defense this season. Portland is 5.4 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court this season.

This will mean more minutes for Chris Kaman while Lopez is out, with Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland getting a little more run as well.