The Los Angeles Lakers put on quite a show in Game 3, defeating the Phoenix Suns (109-95) on Thursday night.
However there is some bittersweet news coming out of Lakers Nation concerning starting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Caldwell-Pope is slated to undergo an MRI, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, after a left quad contusion forced him to leave and not return in the third quarter. He sustained the injury colliding with Suns All-Star Devin Booker while playing defense.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will undergo a MRI on Friday to have his left quad examined, sources told ESPN. Game 4 of Suns-Lakers is Sunday at Staples Center.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 28, 2021
The Lakers shooting guard scored five points on 2-4 shooting and was effective on the defensive end.
After the game, KCP said that he was doing well and would use the time off to heal up before Game 4.
If Caldwell-Pope is unable to go, the Lakers will have options to fill KCP’s spot in the starting lineup. Wesley Matthews played strong defense on Devin Booker and provided two huge 3-pointers in the final quarter to give the Lakers enough cushion to withstand a late Phoenix run. His play was impressive enough that LeBron James mentioned that he deserved the “game ball”.
Other options to get Caldwell-Pope’s minutes are Kyle Kuzma and late-season addition Ben McLemore.
KCP has been struggling from deep in this first round series, shooting only 1-13 from 3-point range in the Lakers first three games.
Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series with the Suns, 2-1, with a pivotal Game 4 set for Sunday at 3:30 pm EST on ABC.