On Saturday, NBA sources confirmed that center Brook Lopez is out for the remainder of the season with a broken right foot. It’s the same foot he fractured in 2011 and had a screw put in. His status will be updated next week after a consultation with team doctors.
The Nets are off to a disappointing 9-17 record after they made a blockbuster trade in the offseason, acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Atlantic Division rival Boston Celtics. They also added veteran Andrei Kirilenko in the hopes to make a run at an NBA title this season.
The injury to Lopez is just the latest one. Pierce, Garnett, Terry, and point guard Deron Williams have all missed games so far with an assortment of injuries. Kirilenko has played in just four games all season.
Lopez was averaging 20.7 points per game and six rebounds in 31.4 minutes in 17 games.
The injury gives backup big man Andray Blatche an opportunity for increased playing time and he has been playing well this season as one of the few bright spots. Blatche is averaging 11.8ppg and 5.9rpg in 22.7mpg in 26 contests. The Nets would be best served if they insert him at center and leave Garnett at power forward so KG doesn’t take a beating in the low post. It’s time for the next man up to perform so they can still try and salvage their season in the underwhelming Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
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