Borris Diaw must have a really hard head.
On the play above last Monday night Blazers big man Robin Lopez hit his hand on the back of Diaw’s head and fractured it in a couple places. Early reports had him out a month, but Lopez tweeted Wednesday it’s going to be longer than that.
Chris Kaman — not as big a fan of Thai food as Lopez, more a meat and potatoes guy — will get plenty of additional run while Lopez is out, with Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland picking up minutes as well.
But it won’t be the same. Lopez gives the Blazers a solid and efficient 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, plus he’s an anchor in the paint for Portland’s improved defense. Bottom line is Portland is 5.4 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court and he’s not going to be on the court for a while.