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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nets Injury Update: Brook Lopez unlikely to play Saturday, timetable still uncertain


By on 11/01/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets fell to the Boston Celtics in the 2014-2015 season opener on Wednesday by the score of 121-105. Mirza Teletovic lead the Nets with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. in 23 minutes off the bench.  Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each added 19 points in a losing effort. The Nets were without center Brook Lopez, who is recovering from a foot injury. Lopez is unlikely to play against the Pistons tonight, so expect Mason Plumlee and Teletovic to see additional minutes.

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I reported yesterday that Lopez was still recovering from a foot injury he suffered on October 17. There was no timetable for his return, but coach Lionel Hollins insisted that Lopez will not be on a minutes restriction when he comes back.

An update on Lopez, as reported by Devin Kharpertain at thebrooklyngame.com, is that he missed practice on Friday and would not be available for tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Following the first time that Lopez did not participate in non-contact drills since Ocotber 26, Hollins is not optimistic about Lopez returning to the court soon.
“I was optimistic every day, (but) when he doesn’t come out and practice, I’m not optimistic any more. But he was doing part of the drills, so I figured he was getting better. Now he didn’t practice today, so he’s not going to play tomorrow.”
The original timetable for Lopez was 10 to 14 days following the injury. Saturday will be the 17th day and there is still no timetable. Lopez has dealt with foot injuries before, suffering a stress fracture in December 2011 and had a screw replaced in his right foot in June of 2013.

Lopez 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, a seven-year NBA veteran, has career averages of 18 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  


 
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