Brook Lopez Suffers Broken Foot, Will Undergo Surgery Friday; Nets Hope for Early February Return

The Nets have announced that Brook Lopez has suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He'll have surgery Friday. The surgery will end Lopez's 246 consecutive game streak, fourth longest in the NBA , and more importantly leave the Nets with Johan Petro and Shelden Williams at center.

Lopez suffered the fracture in the first half of the game, but continued playing. X-rays late Wednesday night revealed the damage

The team believes that Lopez could be back in four to six weeks, meaning early February. The injury is very similar to that suffered by his twin, Robin Lopez, on his left foot in October 2009. Robin Lopez missed seven weeks.

Billy King said he’s looking for a replacement for Lopez but won’t rush it. "Injuries happen," said King. "It’s part of sports and it’s how you react to them. Other guys gotta step up until we do something else." Deron Williams calls the news "definitely devastating," but notes injuries cannot be controlled.

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