Brook Lopez to undergo surgery for stress fracture

Brook Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the first half of yesterday’s preseason game against the New York Knicks, and will undergo surgery to repair it tomorrow. Lopez hasn’t missed a quarter of any game in his three seasons as a pro, but that streak will undoubtedly end come Monday.

To compare, Rodrigue Beaubois of the Dallas Mavericks underwent the same surgery in 2010, and he didn’t play in a professional game until February 2011.

On the court, this is a major blow to the Nets’ playoff hopes, as Brook is their second-best player and interior anchor, and to their hopes of acquiring Dwight Howard.