Expect to see a lot of Thomas Robinson Monday at Barclays Center with both Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Willie Reed (calf) out vs. Fenerbahce Ulker. They'll join Chris McCullough (knee) and Markel Brown (quad) on the sidelines.
Reed who's missed a couple practices, was at best doubtful but Bargnani played Saturday in the team's scrimmages, much of it next to Brook Lopez. It may be that the Nets are being extra precautious with the injury-prone Italian. He's missed 137 out of his teams' last 312 games, most of it due to leg injuries. Last season, Bargnani missed the first 13 games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, Tim Bontemps tweets. La Gazzetta dello Sport tweet.
Bargnani didn't sit out any part of training camp last week, so guessing the Nets are being extremely cautious given his long injury history— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 5, 2015
Simone Sandri of Rome's La Gazzetta dello Sport thinks Bargnani's nearly 20 games in Eurobasket may also be a reason.
@TimBontemps I also think that they are being extra cautious considering he is coming off a physical demanding Euro— Simone Sandri (@simonesandri) October 5, 2015
With two of the Nets bigs out, that means Robinson is likely to get a lot of time backing up Lopez and Thaddeus Young. You might even see a bit of Chris Daniels, the 6'10" journeyman who played in China last year. Another possibility is that Joe Johnson plays some 4.
Lopez may also bring out the big guns, that is, his three point shot.
Brook Lopez has the green light from 3-point range and joked that he's going to take 600 of them this season #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) October 5, 2015
The 7-footer joked that he wouldn't be satisfied till he put up 600. He's 1-of-17 for his career.
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