LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Los Angeles Lakers starting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss Game 4 of the team’s first-round playoff series against Phoenix due to a bruised left knee.
Caldwell-Pope was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 109-95 victory over the Suns on Thursday night. An MRI exam of Caldwell-Pope’s knee revealed no structural damage.
Caldwell-Pope averaged 9.7 points in the regular season, but he has struggled so far in the playoffs. He scored just five points in 26 minutes in Game 3, and he went scoreless in 30 minutes in Game 2 after contributing only seven points with 1-for-7 shooting from 3-point range in the series opener.
Caldwell-Pope was the Lakers’ third-leading scorer on their championship team last year, contributing 10.7 points per game as their primary perimeter shooting threat with 37.8% shooting on 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis will start for the Lakers, Coach Frank Vogel said.
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