Suns’ Lopez sidelined with knee sprains

Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez is expected to miss several weeks with moderate sprains of two ligaments in his left knee.

Lopez sprained his knee in the second quarter of Phoenix’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night when teammate Jared Dudley fell into him while driving to the basket. An MRI revealed sprained medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments.

Lopez started the Suns’ first nine games, but struggled while trying to recover from a back injury last season that damaged nerves in his right leg and hampered his explosiveness. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while playing just 17 minutes per game.