Suns center Robin Lopez back in starting lineup

Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez is back in the lineup after

missing 14 games with a sprained left knee.

Lopez sprained two ligaments in his left knee Nov. 14 against

the Lakers when teammate Jared Dudley fell and rolled into him. He

was back in the starting lineup against Minnesota on Wednesday

night.

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.