Brook Lopez Injury: Updates on Brooklyn Nets Star's Foot

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets waits for play to begin against the New York Knicks at the Barclays Center on November 26, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Nets defeated the Knicks 96-89.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets dreaming big this season, are currently without a key piece of the puzzle, as center Brook Lopez, is hurting with with a sprained foot.

UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 6:34 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports that Lopez will make his official return to the lineup in Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

This is great news for the Nets as they are just 2-5 in the seven games that he has been out of the lineup.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 10:38 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The Nets have announced that Lopez is probable for tonight's home game against the Detroit Pistons.  Howard Beck of the New York Times had the scoop early Friday morning.

Brook Lopez is probable for tonight's game vs. Detroit, Nets announce.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) December 14, 2012

That's a step in the right direction for both Lopez and the Nets. We'll see if he can stay out of the training room over the next moth or so, when his team will really need a boost from its starting center.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 9:50 a.m. ET

Great news for Nets fans as Brook Lopez (foot) is expected to return tomorrow, according to ESPN's Staff.

Nets C Brook Lopez (sprained right foot) missed his seventh straight game but is expected to play Friday when the Nets host Detroit.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 10:46 a.m. ET

Awful news for Nets fans and fantasy owners as the team announced that Brook Lopez will not play tonight against the Knicks.

Brook Lopez will not play tonight vs NY

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) December 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 12:34 p.m. ET

Nets GM Billy King tweeted today that Brook Lopez is back at practice.

Good to have Brook back in practice.…

— Billy King (@bkdefend) December 10, 2012

Rotoworld's Staff states that Brooklyn's center is still a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Knicks.

Brook Lopez (foot) was practicing in full on Monday, and he'll be a game-time decision for Tuesday against the Nets.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 12:44 a.m. ET

Brook Lopez will not play in the Nets' game tomorrow, according to New York Times' Howard Beck.

Brook Lopez did agility and shooting work today and is pain-free, according to team. Out Sunday, though, and still day to day.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) December 8, 2012

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It was originally reported that Lopez would miss two games, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Brook Lopez will miss next two games with a mild sprain in his right foot, Nets announce.

— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) November 29, 2012

UPDATE: Friday, November 30 at 11:25 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

A positive develop on the injury to Brook Lopez is that it is not in the same area that he injured last season, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Nets announce Brook Lopez has a mid-foot sprain, injury not to same area of foot he broke last year. Will be re-evaluated next week.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 30, 2012

Hopefully for the Nets, the next evaluation will bring news of a quick return for the big man.

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Lopez has been great for the Nets through 14 games this season, averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. 

Last year was a lost season for Lopez, as he only managed to play in five games after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right foot. He had been one of the most durable big men in the league up to that point, playing in all 82 games in each of his first three seasons. 

The Nets have been red hot since a 1-2 start, winning nine of their last 11 games. They just defeated the in-state rival New York Knicks as well as the Boston Celtics earlier this week to tie the Knicks for the division lead. 

While a two-game absence will hurt them a bit, the Nets need to play cautiously with Lopez. He leads the team in Player Efficiency Rating (per ESPN) at 24.1, nearly three full points better than MarShon Brooks' rating. 

Lopez is critical to the success of the Nets. That big body in the middle gives them an added dimension that not a lot of teams in the Eastern Conference can match. Even though he isn't a great rebounder, he has made enough improvements over the last two seasons to be consistent under the glass. 

We will keep you updated on Lopez's injury as well as his status for future games when more information becomes available.