Update: Brook Lopez will not play tonight against the 76ers. Mirza Teletovic will start at power forward and Kevin Garnett will start at center for the Nets. Jason Kidd may have influenced by Teletovic's 21 point performance against Philly in preseason.
Brook Lopez is not playing. KG will start at center, Mirza will start at PF. #Nets— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) December 16, 2013
Brook Lopez, who injured his ankle last Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and missed Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons, expects to play tonight when the Nets face off against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Barring a setback at shootaround, Brook Lopez will play tonight.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) December 16, 2013
#BrooklynNets Brook Lopez says he will play...this ankle sprain not nearly as severe as last— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) December 16, 2013
The 76ers will be without center Daniel Orton who was suspended one game for "fighting" with Meyers Leonard this past weekend, so Lopez's size will certainly give the Nets an advantage in the middle.
Other "injury-related" news, Joe Johnson, who didn't practice yesterday (illness) seems to be feeling better and it looks like he's a go for tonight's game.
Joe is battling a cold not 100 percent but going to battle through it #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) December 16, 2013
- Nets' Brook Lopez expects to be back in lineup tonight vs. Sixers - Andy Vasquez - The Record