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Brook Lopez better, but out Friday.

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Nets proceeding slowly with center.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Brook Lopez (mild sprain, right foot) went through a light individual workout Thursday, Avery Johnson told beat writers, but he still wants him to go through a full practice before returning the Nets center to the court. So Lopez will be out Friday vs. the Warriors, his fourth straight missed game.

Lopez did straight running today, no contact or lateral running. "It's about confidence, recovery. At some point, it'll be about contact," said Johnson.

Johnson also said he's hopeful Reggie Evans (flu) will be available vs. Golden State but wouldn't commit.

Under ideal conditions, Lopez will practice Saturday, which would put him in position to return vs. the Bucks on Sunday afternoon. Andray Blatche will again start for Lopez. The 6'11" center is averaging 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and shooting 51 percent overall.

Johnson also said that he didn't believe the league is "picking on the Nets" for flopping violations -- even though two Nets, Evans and Gerald Wallace have been fined $5,000 each. He also said he doesn't think the two will let the fines affect their play. "Not worried at all."

Based on tweets from Howard Beck, Tim Bontemps, Stefan Bondy and Rod Boone.