Brook Lopez expects to play in home opener vs. Thunder

Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez (AP)

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez practiced in full Sunday with the team and expects to play Monday in the team’s home opener, according to the team and reports from the team’s practice.

Lopez has not played in an NBA game since December 20th, 2013, when he broke his foot in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was expected to be ready for the team’s opener, but suffered a mild right midfoot sprain during the team’s trip to China after being stepped on by an opposing player. Lopez skipped the first two games and hadn’t played in a full-contact practice since the injury until today.

He’ll face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have big issues of their own. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant and hellacious point guard Russell Westbrook will both miss the game with serious injuries.