Suns’ Lopez out at least another week

Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez remains sidelined with a back

injury and the chances of him returning for the playoffs are

diminishing.

The 7-footer, out with a bulging disk, was examined by a

specialist on Monday. The team released a statement saying that he

did not get an epidural injection, is progressing well and was to

be re-evaluated in a week.

General manager Steve Kerr says the team is proceeding without

him and is “not expecting anything.” As Kerr put it, “It’s

really up in the air.”