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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nets Injury Update: Brook Lopez could be available for season opener


By on 10/25/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets tip off the regular season on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics following a 4-2 preseason. Improving the offensive that ranked just 22nd in the NBA in scoring last season will be a key to the Nets improving upon a 44-win season. The good news starting the season is that center Brook Lopez will be available following a right foot sprain he suffered on October 16.

 Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Our own Bill Simpson reported on October 17 that Lopez  was expected to be out 10 to 14 days after he injured his foot in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings in Beijing, China.

An update on Lopez, as reported by Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com, is that head coach Lionel Hollins believes Lopez will be ready for the season opener, which would be 13 days following the injury.
“He was on the [anti-gravity] treadmill, but he’s doing fine. I think he’ll be ready by opening day, but that’s my opinion to talking to with him, but the doctors [still have to clear him].”
If Lopez is not at 100 percent and needs extra rest during the game, expect Mason Plumlee to see the bulk of the extra minutes at center.

Lopez, in his seventh NBA season, averaged 20.7 points and six rebounds in only 17 games last season. After playing in every game his first three NBA seasons, Lopez played in only five games in 2011-2012. He bounced back to average 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 74 games in 2012-2013. Lopez has career averages of 18 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.


 
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