Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (quadriceps muscle) showed little improvement
Los Angeles – The day after a blow to the left quadriceps of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kentavius Caldwell Bob Forcing him out of Match 3 of the first round against the Phoenix Suns, the injury showed little improvement and an MRI on Friday revealed he was not torn according to ESPN’s sources.
Caldwell Pope knocked out the Lakers’ 109-95 victory on Thursday with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter after the Suns goalkeeper, Devin BookerDripping, fell towards him, causing his elbows to touch the leg and cause him to fall to the ground.
“I immediately felt the pain when it struck me, and it stretched excessively,” KCP said. “And it was so painful that he couldn’t finish the match.”
Sources told ESPN that Bob Caldwell will see how to respond to rest and treatment on Saturday, after which a decision will be made on his placement in Game 4 on Sunday (3:30 ET, ABC).
Caldwell finished Pope with five points, four rebounds and steal twice on Thursday. For the series, it averages just 4.0 points on 22.2% shots (8% of 3), 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, well below its season averages of 9.7 points on 43.1% of field and 41% of field.
At the end of Game 2, with Caldwell Pop 0 versus 4 launching at night, the game’s broadcast cameras showed LeBron James Head-to-head with Pope Caldwell, begging him to keep shooting upon conquest.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said that while the Lakers appreciate Caldwell Pop’s long-range abilities, his defensive streak at Poker is of prime importance in the series.
“His main role is to defend and manage the field and provide that space when the doubles teams come and on some nights there will be a lot of shots, and some don’t.” “But we just want him to remain confident to do so.”
After scoring 65 points in the first two games of the series, Booker remained in control in Game 3, totaling 19 points from 6 from 19 shots and four turns before being sent off in the last minute for a flagrant foul of 2 on Dennis Schroeder.