On Sunday, Brook Lopez did some loosening up and shooting at the Nets Open Practice. Then, Monday, he participated in a non-contact drill. Will he participate in a full-up, hard contact practice on Tuesday ... and play in the Nets opener on Wednesday in Boston? No one is saying, but Lopez said his right foot felt good, but not 100 percent, on Monday.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel it a little out there every now and then, but it's been progressing very well," Lopez told beat writers after Monday's practice. "I feel better every day."
Will that be good enough? Lionel Hollins wasn't sure, and noted the team has added a few plays since he stepped away 11 days ago. The Nets originally said the midfoot sprain would keep him out 10 to 14 days.
"We put a lot of stuff in (while Lopez was out)," Hollins added. "I want him to make sure that he's up to speed on what we're doing offensively and defensively. I want him to get healthy, first and foremost."
Before practice, Billy King suggested that if his center isn't ready on Wednesday, the team would shoot for him to play vs. the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday or Oklahoma City in the home opener on Monday night. No word yet on whether Rajon Rondo will play for the Celtics Wednesday but he wants to. The Thunder keep getting hint with injuries. Kevin Durant will be out for more than a month after breaking his foot. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb were both hurt Monday and are questionable for OKC's opener.
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