According to reports from Howard Beck and Rod Boone, Brook Lopez was still “limping” around on Monday and is doubtful for Tuesday’s home game with the defending western conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. It is also not yet known what his status is for Friday’s game with Golden State.
Lopez is listed as day-to-day and his MRI was negative. If Lopez cannot play, expect Andray Blatche to receive another start. He has played well in his first two starts of the year in Florida, averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
Additionally, Deron Williams did not practice on Monday because of various small injuries. Avery Johnson is just giving him rest and he will be ready to go tomorrow night.
The Nets are doing the right thing by being cautious with Brook Lopez. This team looks like it is a playoff team this year and if they can get in easily, a couple of regular season games are not too important. It is more important for Brook Lopez to be 100% healthy so he does not re-injure any part of his foot that was injured last season. If Lopez has to miss another 2 weeks (this is very unlikely), I don’t mind as long as he comes back completely heathy.
UPDATE: The Nets announced Tuesday morning that Lopez will be out tonight. Additionally, the Nets will be without power forward Reggie Evans, who will miss the game with the flu. That leaves the Nets with only two big men in their rotation: Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries. Gerald Wallace has played power forward in the past, but he will be busy guarding Kevin Durant tonight, so don’t expect him to switch onto a power forward in this game.
Mirza Teletovic will almost definitely get some meaningful minutes tonight because of the lack of big guys. This may be his first shot at real playing time and he will need to play well for the Nets to win this game.