Robin Lopez C POR 5 Days

Lopez (hand) will likely remain out until early February, after stating his right hand was a "little weak" upon removal of his hard cast last week, The Oregonian reports.

Lopez is now wearing a removable soft brace that "allows more flexibility, mobility while still providing a little bit of support." While he's unable to perform weight-bearing exercises with his right hand, he's supplementing his recovery effort with ultrasonic bone healing therapy to speed the healing process in his third and fourth metacarpals. When considering a return date, next Wednesday, Jan. 28 against the Cavaliers marks exactly six weeks since sustaining the injury. However, the aforementioned weakness in his hand could extend his stay on the sideline into February, which jibes with the initial 6-to-7 week recovery timetable.

Robin Lopez C POR 12 Days

Lopez will have the cast removed from his right hand this week, the Blazers' official site reports.

Slightly more than four weeks have passed since Lopez suffered fractured third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand. Upon an evaluation, the center was handed a recovery timetable of 6-to-7 weeks, meaning he likely requires at least a week of healing before the Blazers' medical staff will consider a return. With Joel Freeland (shoulder) extending his stay on the sideline into next week, Chris Kaman should remain the starter at the five, with Meyers Leonard sustaining an expanded workload off the bench.

Robin Lopez C POR 1 Month

Lopez will be sidelined 6-to-7 weeks due to the fractured right hand suffered during Monday's game against the Spurs, The Oregonian reports.

Lopez himself revealed the news, as well as the extent of the injury -- broken third and fourth metacarpals -- and now that a timetable is evident, coach Terry Stotts can proceed with cobbling together a revised frontcourt rotation. More than likely, Stotts will turn to Joel Freeland next to LaMarcus Aldridge in the starting five in order to retain Chris Kaman's services off the bench. Behind Freeland and Kaman, Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard are sure to factor into the equation, but their expected workloads are more untenable. No matter how Stotts operates in the interim, it appears that Lopez's next possible appearance lands on Jan. 26 in Brooklyn, if all goes well with his recovery.

Robin Lopez C POR 1 Month

Lopez (hand) doesn't have a timetable for a return to the court, but an evaluation Tuesday could clear that up, CSN Northwest reports.

To date, there has been a range of recovery time frames bandied about for Lopez's fractured right hand, but the situation could soon gain clarity after the upcoming exam. While his absence is expected to expand Chris Kaman's workload, it remains unclear who will replace Lopez in the starting five. If coach Terry Stotts opts to keep the frontcourt rotation relatively intact, with Kaman coming off the bench, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, and even Thomas Robinson could all factor into the mix at center for the foreseeable future.

Robin Lopez C POR 1 Month

Lopez (hand) is expected to miss four weeks with a fracture in his right hand, Yahoo! Sports reports.

This news may be considered rather positive for owners, as Lopez was feared to potentially miss more time with a rather serious injury. Four weeks away puts him out until mid-January, still with plenty of time for teams to catch up and make a run for the fantasy playoffs. He's averaging a modest 9.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks for the season. He's worth holding onto in 12-man leagues if your team can afford it. Meanwhile, expect Chris Kaman to see the bulk of his minutes.

Robin Lopez C POR 1 Month

Lopez fractured his right hand during Monday's game against the Spurs and is expected to be out "a while" according to coach Terry Stotts, digital reporter for Portland, Casey Holdhal reports.

Lopez suffered the fracture while going up for a rebound Monday. In his absence, Chris Kaman will likely garner a significant role with Portland moving forward, regardless of whether or not he gets the starting nod.

Robin Lopez C POR 1 Month

Lopez will not return to Monday's game against the Spurs after suffering a hand injury in the third quarter.

Lopez appeared to injure his right hand while going up for a rebound Monday. The exact severity of the injury still hasn't been released, thus leaving Lopez day-to-day heading into Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

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Lopez scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-3 FT), with 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 31 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

Lopez was impressive all-around in this game, and while he's not a go-to offensive option for the Blazers, he's capable of having games like this one, making him a nice plug-and-play option.

Robin Lopez C POR 2 Months

Lopez contributed 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 29 minutes during Monday's win at Philadelphia.

Lopez has tallied a block in all but two of the Blazers' 14 games this season, but he's only swatted multiple shots on five occasions, resulting in 1.6 per contest. Meanwhile, he's formed a formidable three-headed monster in the frontcourt with LaMarcus Aldridge and offseason addition Chris Kaman, and the lineup flexibility has allowed each player to focus on their strengths en route to an 11-3 record. As a result, Lopez is usable in most formats due to his efficient shooting (57 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free-throw line), prowess on the offensive glass (three per outing), and rim protection.

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Lopez played just 24 minutes Thursday against the Mavericks after the Trail Blazers got out to a huge lead in the second half.

Lopez's limitations were likely due to the blowout, as Nicolas Batum also sat out the entire fourth quarter. Chris Kaman, Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard all got minutes in the frontcourt off the bench. Lopez is still averaging 29.5 minutes per game this season, so he'll likely return to his normal production.