Nets center Brook Lopez will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken right foot during last night’s game against the 76ers, according to sources. The injury was first reported by Comcast SportsNet New England.
Lopez’s injury is believed to have occurred in the 3rd quarter, but he finished the game playing 44 minutes scoring 22 points and adding 7 rebounds in the Nets 121-120 overtime loss.
X-rays following the game confirmed the injury. Lopez broke the same foot twice during the 2011 season. Foot and ankle injuries are becoming a common theme in Lopez’s career.
There’s no way to poo poo it, this is as devastating a loss as it gets for Brooklyn. Lopez was the Nets biggest advantage against Roy Hibbert and the Pacers, and the center-less Miami Heat. That advantage is now gone, along with the Nets championship hopes for the 2013-2014 season.
This entire disappointing (9-17) start to the Nets season has been plagued by injuries. Deron Williams is just beginning to re-find his form, Andrei Kirilenko has missed all but a few games, Jason Terry has missed significant time, and Paul Pierce missed a few weeks with a broken hand.
Brooklyn will now have to rely on Andray Blatche to play significantly more time at center, as well as seeing Reggie Evans and rookie Mason Plumlee’s playing time increase.