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Brook Lopez (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets may have some concern about point guard Deron Williams, who has a sprained ankle and a bone bruise on his right foot keeping him in a walking boot. But one of their other injured players says he's ready to go. At an NBA Cares event, Nets center Brook Lopez told Ian Begley of ESPN New York that his surgically repaired foot is 100% ready to go.

"It's great, it's back to 100 percent," Lopez said. "I'm out there doing everything."

Lopez is no stranger to issues on that foot, so to see him call it 100% is a welcome sign.

Lopez broke the fifth right metatarsal in the foot shortly before the lockout-shortened 2012 season, causing him to miss all but five games that year.

The surgery to fix the injury required the insertion of a screw in Lopez's foot, which bent during the season due to overuse. The screw was replaced this offseason shortly after the Nets lost in the first round to the Chicago Bulls, putting Lopez in a walking boot.

The Nets begin training camp October 1st at Duke University.

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After missing seven straight games with a mild right foot sprain, Brook Lopez may finally be coming back to the starting lineup. Lopez is probable for tonight's contest vs. the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. The Nets have missed Lopez dearly on both ends of the floor -- while Blatche has filled in admirably (he & Lopez rank 9th & 10th in the NBA in PER, respectively), he's a downgrade both offensively and defensively, and the hole left behind Blatche is far bigger.

According to Coach Avery Johnson, if Lopez does return tonight he likely won't play more than 24 minutes.

The Nets have been 2-5 and sad since Lopez's injury. In a winnable game like Detroit, his presence would be a welcome change.


Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets imageBrook Lopez will not play tonight against the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King announced to reporters today. King said that Lopez is "not in good enough condition" to play.

This is the sixth consecutive game Lopez has missed since injuring his right foot against the Boston Celtics. The Nets are 1-4 in that time, beating the Orlando Magic before dropping four straight.

Avery Johnson has said that Lopez's recovery has taken longer than the team expected at the outset. Whether or not that's true -- and I have no reason to believe it's not -- this would be entirely less harrowing if the Nets had said "he'll miss two weeks" right off the bat, rather than dealing with the day-to-day doldrums.


Brook Lopez will be a game-time decision Tuesday night against the Manhattan/New York Knicks, the team announced today. After going through non-contact drills, Lopez practiced with the team today and participated in five-on-five drills. Avery Johnson has said that Lopez feels no pain after incurring a mild sprain on the top of his right foot.

Lopez's recovery tomorrow is key to deciding if he'll play. Johnson's general rule with injuries, as shown by how he handled Wallace and now Lopez, is to see how a player works through a full practice and then recovers the day after.

With Lopez out of the lineup for the past four games, the Nets offense has gotten roughly eight points worse per 100 possessions, but weirdly enough, it's their defense that has suffered more.


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Brook Lopez went through non-contact parts of practice today with the team and is pain-free, but will sit out again Sunday vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. Lopez has been listed as day-to-day since incurring the injury, classified a mild right foot sprain, on November 28th against the Boston Celtics.

The fact that Lopez is pain-free is encouraging, and the Nets would certainly like him fully healthy by Tuesday when they face the Manhattan/New York Knicks again, so resting him tomorrow doesn't come as a surprise.

Andray Blatche will start in his place tomorrow night.


The Brooklyn Nets officially announced that power forward Reggie Evans will play tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Evans missed Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with the flu. Avery Johnson said on a conference call Thursday that he was "very hopeful" about Evans' return tonight. Hope rebounds eternal.

Evans is tied with Kris Humphries for the team's lead in rebounds per game, and his total rebound percentage of 25.4% would lead the league if he had enough minutes to qualify.

Evans bolsters a big man rotation that is still without starting center Brook Lopez, out with a mild foot sprain. The Nets will start Andray Blatche in his place, and Evans & Humphries may see spot time at "center" depending on lineups. The switch between power forward and center doesn't change the approach, though; the only thing it may do is keep them closer to the rim defensively.


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Brook Lopez (AP/Kathy Kmonicek)

In a conference call today, Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson said that Brook Lopez will not play Friday vs. the Golden State Warriors, and that his return to the court will come Sunday at the earliest.

"(We) had a chance to do a little light individual workout with him today," Johnson said. "He's feeling better, but he's got to be able to get through a full contact practice before he'll be released to play, and we're not sure at that point when that's going to happen. ... We're seeing how he recovers today, that'll dictate what he does tomorrow."

Lopez has been out since injuring his right foot (deemed a mild right foot sprain by team doctors) on November 28th against the Boston Celtics. "They ruled out serious injury when we got the MRI," Johnson said, "then it was about trying to get him back on his feet, out of the boot, get him walking around on the treadmill so he can build some confidence."

Johnson added that Lopez currently feels no pain in the foot, and his recovery will come when he's comfortable moving laterally and playing in full-contact practice. "We're not going to be super conservative and make him sit out 2, 3, 4, 5 games when he should play."

Additionally, Johnson noted that power forward Reginald "Reggie" Evans is "feeling much better" after sitting out Tuesday's game with the flu and that he's "very hopeful" that Evans will play tomorrow night. No other Nets players have experienced symptoms.


Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez,  Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

No fist-pumps tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets announced today that Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans will miss tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lopez was expected to miss tonight's game, as he has not practiced since incurring a mild right foot strain against the Boston Celtics last week. Andray Blatche will start in his place for the third consecutive game. Reggie Evans is battling the flu.

This is a rough game for both players to miss -- the Thunder are 14-4 and arguably the best team in the Western Conference. Evans has been a huge component of the Nets' bench mob -- as has Blatche -- and now there will be added pressure on the rest of the Nets bigs to trap Russell Westbrook and contend with Serge Ibaka & Kendrick Perkins inside on both ends. The Nets play Gerald Wallace as a "small four" often, but may have to limit that tonight, as Wallace will have his hands full with the 6-foot-17 Kevin Durant. Mirza Teletovic will likely see some action tonight as well.

The Nets play the Thunder at Barclays Center tonight at 7:30 P.M.


Brook Lopez, who sat the last two games with a mild strain in his right foot, was evaluated by Dr. Martin O'Malley and Dr. Riley Williams III today and listed as day to day. A precautionary MRI on Lopez's foot was negative, meaning there's no serious damage to the foot.

O'Malley, a foot specialist, and Williams III, the team's official orthopedist, were the two doctors that inserted a screw into Lopez's foot last season when he underwent his fifth metatarsal surgery.

The Brooklyn Nets play next tomorrow night, at Barclays Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Brook Lopez's right foot injury has no connection to his right foot injury of last year and shouldn't cause long-term problems, according to a statement from team orthopedic surgeon Riley Williams III.

Lopez's injury, described as a ligament sprain of the mid-foot, occurred after twisting it during the Boston Celtics game. "The area of Brook's previous fracture at the 5th metatarsal bone was unremarkable, and unchanged compared to prior films," according to a statement from Riley Williams III.

"He reports tenderness over the top of foot. This area corresponds to ligaments that connect the tarsal or midfoot bones."

Lopez will miss the next two games to rest the foot and will be re-evaluated after the Florida trip. The next game he would potentially be available for is Tuesday, December 4th against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It's certainly a good thing that Lopez's injury had no effect on his previous injury to that right foot, the fracture of his fifth metatarsal -- if it was a recurring issue with that part of his foot, that could prove damaging long-term. But it also causes concern that Lopez has a second injury to worry about on his right foot. It does seem mild, though, and Lopez walked off the court comfortably after Wednesday night's game. We'll know more after the re-evaluation.


Brooklyn Nets starting center Brook Lopez will miss the next two games with a mild right foot sprain, the team announced today. That means Lopez will miss the Florida trip, marked by two away games against the Orlando Magic & Miami Heat.

Lopez injured the foot during last night's game against the Boston Celtics. He played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble and did not show any immediate signs of injury, though Rod Boone reported that the Nets requested a walking boot last night.

Andray Blatche will presumably start in his place.